In stark contrast, Google Docs, with a small but fast growing user base, is very basic - Ballmer calls it primitive. Referring to the Google Docs word processor, Ballmer sneeringly shouted to Gartner analysts Neil MacDonald and David Mitchell, "You can't even do a footnote!"
Well Steve, that's not true! Looking at my simple easy to understand Google Docs menu bar, I went to the Insert menu and found a selection item called "Footnote" that allows me to do a footnote. If I'm not mistaken, Google may have even responded to your jibe - and it's interesting to note how quickly they responded!
The thing is though, in my 25 years of using word processors, including all my time as a journalist, I can't remember a single occasion where I have ever needed to do a footnote.
If I was a professional historian or writing an academic paper or thesis, then I would certainly need to use footnotes. Perhaps then I would need to use Microsoft Word or the OpenOffice word processor.
However, most of us are not professional historians. We're just ordinary users who need a word processor that is easy to use and just works.
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