Google Officially Adds Docs & Spreadsheets Integration With Gmail

The Google Docs & Spreadsheets blog officially announced that when you receive an email in your Gmail account, and it contains a Google Docs or Spreadsheet file, the file should have a link to “Open as a Google Document.”

I am not sure if it opens all files or just Google files. I tested emailing myself a Microsoft Word document and Google did not show me the “Open as a Google Document.” A nice feature to add on top of this would be to easily email a Google Doc or Spreadsheet that you are currently working on to others.

Philipp Lenssen first spotted this being tested in early November of last year. This was unofficially reported a few days ago by Google Operating Systems and Googling Google, which claimed that Word documents are supported. It may have not worked with me because I sent a Word document from my Mac.

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Google: Docs & Spreadsheets | Google: Gmail


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  • graywolf

    PC here and I can confirm it opens word docs.

    Did I mention how much I loathe typekey this week.

  • Mynameiscurtis

    PC here:

    With spreadsheet the .xls does not appear to be able to display even simple charts

    With docs, google has a tendency to to turn any text withing a frame into an uneditable image. Appears to just be generally buggy.

    Still needs work, but this adds to google’s lead with free email, and helpful stuff non-the-less

  • David

    …..and it is WAY cool – I was collaborating with a client through her new GMail account and Docs/Spreadsheets within minutes.

    I was working on my mac and she was on a pc – seamless.

    Now why would I want to buy Office 2007 when Google is here???

  • morgret

    I’m wondering when Google Analytics will follow suit, and stop showing the excel icon (and mouseover text) for their CSV download.

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