Google Previews Expanded Docs Roadmap In Michigan

YourSearchAdvisor and TechCrunch report on a meeting sponsored by the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce last week for local businesses about forthcoming developments and enhancements for Google Apps and Docs. The speaker was Scott Johnston, former VP of Product Development at JotSpot, which was acquired by Google in late 2006. Most of these enhancements are slated to make their appearance next year. Here's a summary of key points on the roadmap from what YourSearchAdvisor wrote: Google Sites: Launching in 2008, this will combine Google Page Creator and JotSpot tools to let business to set up in [...]

New Signs Of JotSpot & Google Wiki?

JotSpot to replace Google Pages soon? from Googling Google reports recent activity spotted with some of Google's URLs. Tony Ruscoe wrote at a Google Blogoscoped Forum thread that now contains the "service=jotspot" parameter in the URL. Google bought Jotspot in October 2006. Since then there have been rumors that Google would release a Wiki type of application. Garett Rogers at Googling Google feels that Google may be replacing Google Pages, a product they announced in February 2006, with this Jotspot alternative. Right now, all we know is that t [...]

Google Docs Now Mobile

Google Blogoscoped reports that the rumored Google Docs for Mobile is now live. You can search on docs or peruse a list of your documents. However, only some document types are available for viewing. Right now "word" docs are available and so are spreadsheets (although they rendered somewhat awkwardly for me), but you cannot access presentations. Microsoft has a mobile version of Office that does allow mobile access to its various document types from certain phones, but not from "the cloud." Below are some screenshots from my Google Docs files. Google mobile Docs home: Spreadsheet (diffi [...]

Microsoft Office Live Workspace To Challenge Google Docs

Microsoft announced the beta launch of Microsoft Office Live Workspace. This is Microsoft's answer to Google Docs and will be a "web-based feature of Microsoft Office that enables people to access their documents online anywhere and easily share their work with others." Microsoft is currently accepting beta testers over here and will be launching it to the public in about a month or so. The service will be free for up to 1,000 documents. If you have over 1,000 documents there may be a fee, but that fee is not yet disclosed. I just find it funny that we are now saying Microsoft is challen [...]

Google Presentations Security Issue Leaked Email Addresses

Nathan Weinberg reports that Google fixed a security issue with the new Google Presentations, which leaked user email addresses to the public. What happened was that when webmasters tried to embed presentations into their web pages, it would then log people into Google Talk via their Google Account. After they logged in, to view the presentation and to chat, it would display the user's email address to all those who wanted to see it. Nathan reports Google has fixed the security issue about 15 hours after Google Presentations went live. [...]

Google Launches Presentations App & Ranames “Docs & Spreadsheets” To “Google Docs”

Tonight Google launched its long-awaited presentations tool as part of the ghastly named Docs & Spreadsheets suite. But smartly the company has simultaneously changed the name of Docs & Spreadsheets simply to Google Docs. It could equally have been changed to "Google Office," however, which the presentation software now appropriately completes. While the presentations application doesn't attempt to compete directly with Microsoft PowerPoint, it does compete directly with online presentation tools and software. Presentations can be shared with collaborators or published to the Internet. Ther [...]

Microsoft Casts Doubt On Google Enterprise Apps

Microsoft responded to the announcement of CapGemini support for Google Apps yesterday with a statement and a list of questions about Google Apps for the Enterprise -- or reasons potentially not to use them. Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet has both, and the list of 10 questions/reasons is also at Read/WriteWeb. The questions Microsoft raises go to the quality, reliability and support for Google Apps. It certainly appears from the detail and vehemence of the questions that Microsoft now sees itself playing defense. Certainly there's truth in many of the criticisms on Microsoft's list but perhaps the la [...]

Google Office Gains New Enterprise Credibility

Capgemini Backs Google's Software Push from the Associated Press covers how Paris-based tech and business consultancy CapGemini is going to start recommending and installing Google Apps on enterprise desktops, a move viewed as a big boost for Google's "office" application aspirations. CapGemini also works with Microsoft and IBM and "influences the type of software used on more than 1 million personal computers in companies worldwide" according to the article. The Google Apps Premier Edition suite costs $50 per user account per year and includes phone support, additional storage and other se [...]

Microsoft Bundling Software, Apps In New “Windows Live Services”

Microsoft has rolled out something similar to the Google Pack software bundle called "Windows Live Services." Google Operating System has a lengthy (favorable) overview. The package includes mail and instant messaging, search toolbar, online storage, photosharing and blogging software, all from Microsoft. It operates as something of an extension of Windows desktop software and is intended to create a kind of self-contained world of online applications. It's also intended to boost awareness and usage of Windows Live search, as well as counter the growing Google Apps/Gears and "cloud computing" [...]

Microsoft And Google Moving More Deeply Into Each Others’ Businesses

Microsoft vows it won't let its core businesses be undermined by "the cloud." This article from the NY Times (and related discussion at Techmeme) quotes Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer saying that Microsoft will compete aggressively with Google and other online alternatives to Office and will offer Web-based versions of all its core software: "We’re not moving toward a world of thin computing," said Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive, referring to systems in which simple processing takes place on a PC, but more complex processing is moved to a centralized computer through a networ [...]

Google Acquires Zenter, Online Presentation Software Company

Google has announced that they have acquired Zenter, an online presentation software company. The acquisition will enable them to add presentation software to their Google Docs & Spreadsheets offering. In mid-April, Google purchased Marratech, a video conferencing company and purchased Tonic, a company that built software for presentation creation and document conversion. One would think that these three acquisitions would allow Google to offer a Webex like application for online presentations. Google said, they are "working to add presentation-sharing capabilities to Google Docs & Spreads [...]

What To Make Of Google Gears

Being a non-developer I was a bit of a fish out of water at Google Developer Day yesterday. The event, which took place in the 10 countries where Google has offices, was intended to showcase Google Gears and the company's various APIs. I attended the event in California, which was moved from Google's Mountain View headquarters to the San Jose Convention Center to accommodate demand and attendance. The Gears initiative is about creating an open standard to help turn the Web browser into a better, richer development platform and enabling applications to work "offline," when there's an inconsis [...]

Google Acquires Marratech’s Video Conferencing Software

Google announced that they have acquired Marratech's video conferencing software (not the company, just its software). Google wrote the acquisition will "enable from-the-desktop participation for Googlers in videoconference meetings wherever there's an Internet connection." I suspect (as do many others) that it will also enable Google Docs users to do conference calls and share presentations made using the forthcoming Google Presentations, in the future. Postscript: Google tells us they've been using the software internally in a limited capacity and plan to expand its use inside Google its [...]

Microsoft PowerPoint, Meet Google Presentations

Google adds presentation software to Google Docs from Reuters has Google CEO Eric Schmidt confirming the rumors that Google will be rolling out presentation software within the Google Docs suite. So is this aimed at killing off Microsoft's popular PowerPoint application? Schmidt spins that it isn't competitive with PowerPoint: "We don't think so. The reason is it doesn't have all the functionality nor is it intended to have all the functionality of Microsoft Office," Schmidt said in response to an interviewer's question at the Web 2.0 Expo conference here. InsideGoogle also points to a vid [...]

Wired Q&A Interview With Eric Schmidt

Fred Vogelstein, who penned the semi-infamous "How Yahoo Blew It" piece for Wired Magazine, has a long Q&A style interview with Google's CEO Eric Schmidt in this month's issue. Here's a potentially more interesting earlier Vogelstein interview (previously unpublished) with Schmidt for comparison. Here are some choice bits (from the new interview): On Advertising and Revenue Diversification: Wired: I’ll phrase the question differently. Google gets its revenue essentially from one source -- online ads. One could argue that it’s not diversified enough. Schmidt: The criticism is valid. W [...]

Google Docs and Spreadsheets Tops Web Productivity Tools

Nielsen//NetRatings released a report [PDF] showing Google Docs and Spreadsheets have been the number one online productivity tools since October 2006. The report says that in November Google Docs and Spreadsheets "attracted 424,785 unique visitors and 432,156 unique visitors in December." The average time per visitor has "increased somewhat, from an average of 10 minutes in October to 14 minutes in December." The report shares a lot more information on the demographics of the users of these tools and more. [...]

Google Docs & Spreadsheets Coming To Apps In Weeks

PC World reports that Google Apps will be adding Google Docs and Spreadsheets to the suite this quarter and possibly within a few weeks. We expected this to come sooner than later after Google decided to roll out fee-based Google Apps. PC World has quotes from lots of organizations that would find Google Apps & Docs integration very useful. [...]

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 la [...]

Google’s Software Making It To The Classroom

Michael Liedtke from the AP reports more and more classrooms are beginning to use Google's new Google Docs & Spreadsheets as a "supplement" to Microsoft's Office suite. The article explains that although many do not believe Google's software will replace Microsoft's Office, they do believe it will be used a supplementary tool. But I wonder what Google thinks about this, as they continue to "invite teachers to spend the day at its Mountain View headquarters to learn more about the advantages of the program." Postscript From Danny: In particular, Google is quoted as saying, "We think it's go [...]

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