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Google Docs enables offline editing

Google has finally enabled offline editing to Google Docs users.

Offline editing enables users to edit or continue writing, even if there is no Internet connection available.

Product Management Director at Google Clay Bavor said, “No Internet connection? No big deal. With offline editing, you can create and edit Google documents and leave comments. Any changes you make will be automatically synched when you get back online.”

Not all features are available for the offline version of Google Docs. In the offline mode, users can’t attach or insert an image or drawing, use tools such as research tools and translate, download or share, publish and prints documents.

Bavor added, “We’re also working hard to make offline editing for spreadsheets and presentations available in the future.”

Reactions for the Google update have been positive. Venture Beat writes, “Offline editing puts Google Docs in a position to take on note-taking applications such as Evernote. One major complaint about Evernote is the inability to share notes with others, which Google Docs obviously already enables.”

To enable offline editing in Google Docs, users need to click on the gear icon at the top right hand portion of the page in Google Drive, either  in Chrome or ChromeOS, and set it up.

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Google Docs plans to Level-up with Quickoffice

Google is the largest provider of internet services in the world. They are practically synonymous to the internet. There is virtually no one who has accessed the internet and not has heard of Google at all.

Google provides us both web and mobile services that make our smartphones smarter. They provide web search, mapping, email, videos, calendars, and a whole slew of other products that cover nearly all the bases for your internet needs.

One of the services that they provide is Google Docs. Google Docs are not as well known as the other services for a long time. That is because despite their usefulness, no one could beat the full functionality and fluidity of the Microsoft Office suite. The only advantage that Google had over the Microsoft Office suite, is the availability of the documents created in the internet. Even then, Microsoft documents could simply be uploaded into a variety of file hosting solutions all over the web if they need to share or access the files somewhere else. This is further simplified by the proliferation of personal cloud storage services, such as Dropbox.

Seeing that the file hosting service had such great pull in the growing mobile services industry, they recently upgraded the Google Docs service and integrated it to Google Drive. It still creates, stores and shares documents, but it can also store and share other types of files now, much like the services of Dropbox. Still, they had no effective solution of competing with the Microsoft Office suite.

Their losing streak may just come to a halt soon, as they recently announced their acquisition of Quickoffice. Google Docs might just be scheduled for another revamp after merging with Quickoffice’s fluid and seamless service that rivals the services provided by the Microsoft Office suite.

Microsoft Office has been, for a long time, a purely offline PC service. They were very slow with moving towards the growing mobile space. This is where Quickoffice has dominance. They have been around since the Symbian days and have grown stronger in adaptation as Smartphones began to take center stage. Quickoffice provides both offline and online document creation by linking together with online services, such as Google Docs and Box. This makes them more attractive to Google because it already has everything that Google needs to level up their documents service, while maintaining compatibility with their cloud storage services.

Microsoft is not to be outdone; there are rumors circulating that they are planning to integrate the Microsoft Office suite to the internet. It is also rumored that they are currently making mobile versions of their application for both iOS and Android devices. Microsoft is probably feeling the threat of the growing mobile market, and keeping the Microsoft Office suite stuck on only their own Windows and Windows Mobile systems is hurting them more than it helps them. Either that, or they are simply blissfully ignorant about the possibilities of mobile convergence.

As with every battle, experience is a valuable advantage. We know that in the internet and mobile app space, the Google and Quickoffice teams have years of experience, and the partnership may just create a beautiful lovechild. Do you think Google Docs is finally in a position to win over the leader of document creation and management?

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Google buys Quickoffice

Google continues its shopping spree as it gobbles another startup just days after they acquired Meebo.

In a brief announcement, Google said that they have acquired the Texas-based Quickoffice. The latter is an app that people consider as much better than Google’s own Google Docs.

Google Engineering Director Alan Warren said in his blog post, “Quickoffice has an established track record of enabling seamless interoperability with popular file formats and we’ll be working on bringing their powerful technology to our Apps product suite.”

Microsoft on the other hand isn’t fazed with this development.

Director of Communication for Microsoft’s Office Division told AP, “Google Aps require compromise and don’t meet the productivity needs of most people and businesses. Google’s primary focus is advertising so it’s not surprising that they are trying to address the limitations of Google Apps through acquisition.”

Google will likely add key features to the Quickoffice. The latter has been installed in more than 400,000 devices around the glove and is pegged at $15-$20.

Since 2010, Google has purchased 140 companies incurring spending $16 billion in total. The company’s acquisition of Meebo was rumored to be at a cost of $100 million.

Do you think that Google is wise in buying startups?

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Google Docs launches Shared Folders

This much-requested feature on Google Docs has finally been granted by Google.

Announced today, Google Docs now includes shared folders. With this in place, users can share any file placed in a folder eliminating the need to set-up sharing privileges for each individual file.

“Once you’ve shared a folder, all of the items in the folder will be accessible to the group. You can also add someone to an existing shared folder to give them access to all of the folder’s content,” Google Docs Product Manager Vijay Bangaru, explains in a blog post. “Likewise, each item you add to the folder will be automatically shared. Just like with sharing documents, you can specify edit and view-only access for a folder.”

The folders can contain different files such as Docs, Spreadsheets or Presentation files.

In addition to shared folders, Google Docs also added the multiple upload feature. Now, users can upload a number of files at the same time, with each file’s progress easily viewable.

Thanks Google! 😉

Source: http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2009/10/users_can_now_s.html;jsessionid=DUTCZB2GWXLFDQE1GHPSKHWATMY32JVN

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