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posted by martyb on Saturday May 03 2014, @05:14PM   Printer-friendly
from the most-employees-are-not-in-Office-most-of-the-day dept.

A recent article in PCWorld reveals that many companies are simply throwing money away:

Organisations are wasting money licensing Microsoft Office applications that the majority of employees barely use, a study released this week by application analytics startup SoftWatch has found. Conclusion: many users could easly be migrated to far cheaper cloud applications such as Google Apps.

The firm carried out a 3-month analysis of Office suite use in 51 global firms representing 148,500 employees, revealing that seven out of ten employees weren't using any single application heavily, launching them only for viewing or light editing.

The average employee spent only 48 minutes per day using Office, largely the Outlook email client, which consumed about 68 percent of that activity. Excel was in second place with 17 percent, or an average of 8 minutes per day, leaving Word and PowerPoint trailing with only 5 minutes and 2 minutes per day each.

That email is popular and spreadsheets and presentations less so is not a surprise. The latter are occasional applications that non-specialist employees use only when they really have to and their importance can't necessarily be measured in terms of how often they are used so much as the impact that use has.

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  • (Score: 1, Redundant) by marcello_dl on Saturday May 03 2014, @05:42PM

    by marcello_dl (2685) on Saturday May 03 2014, @05:42PM (#39283)

    What about libre/openoffice instead?

    Question: what is the internet used for?
    A: It is used to replace the mainframe. Google & c. as the new microsoft. They don't need to close down the software because they own the infrastructure.

    Q: what is the internet needed for?
    A: the exchange of DATA. The data can then be processed in different environments by software tailored for that environment, with the interface tailored for that environment. Guys it's the internet 1.0, the one that actually worked, plus a debian like system to get and deploy apps in a safe and free way.

    Web apps can be part to this model too, as the guys at unhosted [] know.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 04 2014, @01:39AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 04 2014, @01:39AM (#39359)

    Gmail just got worse. Now if you want to send a file over 25MB it asks you to use Google drive or something (which requires setting your privacy preferences or something, who knows how that works and how I can just send a simple one to one e-mail without having it set to share it to everyone in between on Google drive or if I must change a privacy setting) and even then there are limitations if you don't pay.

    • (Score: 2) by urza9814 on Monday May 05 2014, @03:27PM

      by urza9814 (3954) on Monday May 05 2014, @03:27PM (#39818) Journal

      How is that worse? 25MB was always the attachment size limit in Gmail. So instead of simply rejecting the attachment, they're now offering to transfer it via Drive. Sure, Drive sucks, but it's better than nothing at all...