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Andreas Nasikas Oct 10, 2018

hi! we are thinking to change from share point to confluence.

My question is if it is possible to insert excel files or other documents such as a word file  in confluence and in there to edit and create  it in real time with my  Colleagues

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Nic Brough [Adaptavist] Community Leader Oct 10, 2018

No, but a partial yes.

If you attach your files to Confluence, then no, you can't do collaborative editing on them.  This is because the files are simply objects that need a specific editor, and that editor does not support collaborative editing.

But if you do the Word migration in full, you can.  When I say "in full", I mean using Confluence to its full potential - don't attach the word docs, but import them, so they become proper Confluence pages.

Martin Vermaak Oct 10, 2018 • edited

That's your answer right there. :) 

We also migrated (imported) a lot of data to Confluence, so that it can be edited in Confluence.


Andreas Nasikas Oct 10, 2018 • edited

Thanks a lot!

My supervisor assigned me to find out which of the two platforms softwares is the best to use! SharePoint or Confluence.Imagine a company with around 500-700 employees with offices around Europe.

They need the platform mainly for collaboration on different tasks and also a platform that helps you to find out easy and fast your archives and documents

.They are using share point but now they bought also Confluence. But they have to take a decision which of them is gonna be more functional.

What is your opinion? 

Martin Vermaak Oct 10, 2018

Andreas please give me your email address? I'll give you some feedback from my own experience. 

Nic Brough [Adaptavist] Community Leader Oct 10, 2018

To be fair, you might find that you will get a biased answer here, as most of the community are significant users of Atlassian stuff, and hence you will probably find most prefer Confluence.

I fall into that camp.  But I started using Sharepoint well before I found Confluence, and I already hated it.  It was known as "where documents go to die" in the place I was working, and all the users were desperately doing all their work in systems that worked for them.  Some, using Confluence, which is where it crept into my life.

Things have not shifted.  I regularly run into sites, small and large, who have these vast Sharepoint repositories that no-one ever reads because the stuff stored in it is obsolete and unmaintained from the day it is added.  In one very large corporation, we found they had a team of 11 people categorising content and helping users find things in it, but their average work-load was 50 queries a month.  Because the reality was people were using a Confluence they'd set up so they could just get on and write.

Sharepoint has its uses.  But Confluence is far better for almost all of your users.

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Andreas Nasikas Oct 10, 2018

Thanks a lot! I will do my research! its good to hear all sides!

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Martin Vermaak Oct 10, 2018 • edited
I sat in exactly the same boat not too long ago...
Andreas Nasikas Oct 10, 2018 • edited

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Davin Studer Community Leader Oct 10, 2018

@Andreas Nasikas I moderated the post to remove your email address. It is generally not a very good idea to post your email address in a public forum like this.

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Robert N I'm New Here Jan 31, 2019

I don't understand 'WHY' Atlassian does not address this need. There are many shops that are Microsoft based and used MS Tool (One Note, Excel, etc). I see many post on this topic in the Community board. Why don't they address this need and make Confluence easier to integrate files from MS Tools into a Confluence page (make it easy and don't just provide some type of hack)???

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