Google Combines Writely & Spreadsheets Into Google Docs

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Google has pulled the switch on Writely as a separate brand and has integrated it along with Google Spreadsheets into a new Google office suite, called Google Docs and Spreadsheets.

The layout of the new office suite follows Google’s policy of simplicity. The word processor seems to be even simpler to use than Writely.

Google Docs supports major Microsoft Office, OpenOffice and StarOffice formats. Users can even start a new document by emailing it to the specially created email address (which, by the way, still uses the Writely domain name). Google’s word processor even supports saving documents in PDF format.

As expected with any web-based office suite, Google Docs allows for a lot of collaboration and file sharing. When sharing documents, users have access to their contact lists in Gmail, Calendar and other Google applications.

Google Doc documents can also be published to a unique domain where they can be shared with anyone with Internet access.

Yet another handy feature is the tag option. You can tag your saved documents, which greatly simplifies the organization process.

Overall, I have found Google Docs to be a solid product with a lot of useful features. Now the only thing still missing is the PowerPoint clone.

About the Author

Andrey Milyan was the first editor-in-chief of Search Marketing Standard, the leading print publication covering the search marketing industry. He has been following and reporting on industry developments for over 10 years. Andrey now works in the paid search sector of a prominent search marketing agency.

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  1. expert search marketing (Kamel Malek)

    it seems that Microsoft dont get any reactions for the moment.