Google Docs & Spreadsheets


Google is merging its spreadsheet program with the Writely program it purchased, and is calling them Google Docs & Spreadsheets, and will open the program up to anyone, as it had been in beta previously. This is a step in the direction they have talking about, an online version of Microsoft Office which will allow anyone to work on their documents from anywhere. You can reach Google Docs & Spreadsheets by going to docs.google.com. Michael Arrington of Techcrunch says,

The new site shows all of a user’s writely and spreadsheet documents in a single list, but integration goes no further for now. The interfaces and features of the two products have also been mostly mirrored to provide a consistent user experience. For example, chat previously available only on the spreadsheet product, is now available when working on a writely document as well.

Google is straightforward in its goal to excel in collaboration and sharing of documents, while agreeing that desktop office applications will continue to offer superior editing features for the foreseeable future. Still, the ability to import and collaborate on a document, and then publish it to the web or take it back to the desktop, is a powerful feature not available to Microsoft Office users outside of Office Live or Microsoft Sharepoint Portal Server. And use of Google?s online office applications is free. Source: TechCrunch

Although it looks promising, I won’t be keeping any documents there, for security reasons only.