The much rumoured ‘Google Office’ suite appears to be materialising. Carrying on with yet another product release this week, Google has launched Google Docs & Spreadsheets. It’s a merge of their Writely & spreadsheets applications, which has been widely expected for some time. Both www.writely.com & spreadsheets.google.com both now redirect to docs.google.com.
This comes on the back of the codesearch release & their aquisition of YouTube (which, as an aside, may be planing to share adsense revenue with the people who post videos). They really seem to go for releasing in batches. Although I don’t know whether the timing of the YouTube purchase & these two product releases were really connected.
Sorry, Writely does not currently support ‘.xls’ files
But uploading & editing a Word document gave me no grief. They also provide an email address that you can send documents to & it will automatically upload them. A nice feature, it will either convert the text of the email into a document, or accept attachments of one of the document formats (
HTML files and plain text (.txt), Microsoft Word (.doc), Rich Text (.rtf), OpenDocument Text (.odt) and StarOffice (.sxw)) but not spreadsheets yet. I think that this was already a feature in Writely, but I’m not sure.
Keep an eye on Techmeme for latest updates because you know you’ll see it there first!
[tags]Google, Google Office, Google Docs, Word, Excel, Spreadsheets, Office Suite[/tags]