Google Docs and Spreadsheets


Although I had heard of Google Docs and Spreadsheets before, I never really found a reason to jump in. Word and Excel were working just fine for me. Until I found myself writing website content that needs to be edited by 3 or 4 people. Ugh, considering our computers aren't top-of-the-line, file sharing and keeping track of versions was becoming a nightmare, especially since we had no CMS to speak of for our site content.

This week I decided to jump in and wow, what a difference. There is really no functional issue, if you use word for it's basic features. You can invite people to collaborate with you on your document or spreadsheet, publish it to the world wide web (bet you haven't heard that term used in awhile), and even chat about a document while you are editing it. Nice features if you tend to work in groups on writing or editing content. With a very shallow learning curve and great for basic applications, I highly recommend Google Docs.

Comments

happy and blue 2 said…
Can you save documents forever.
Yes,yes, I'll go look at them and find out for myself, ha,ha..
KIP said…
Well if you decide to test it out, let me know what you think.

Personally I prefer free and hosted online (since it doesn't take up space on my computer) to paying Microsoft $450 for MS Office.
Whitney Johnson said…
Katrina --

This is really great! Just great! I can think of so many times when this could be of use!
KIP said…
Hi Whitney,

Glad you like it. But I should let you know, recently I've been testing out a similar service, called Zoho. They offer a lot more features (for free of course!) than Google does at this point - you should also take a quick look there.

www.zoho.com