The next generation of Google Docs

The only way to go

via The Official Google Blog by A Googler on 4/12/10


Today we are hosting nearly 400 CIOs and IT professionals from around the world at Atmosphere, our inaugural event at the Googleplex dedicated to cloud computing. The discussion is centered on how companies can focus their technology expertise on projects that truly improve their businesses instead of managing complex applications, technology platforms and devices. We are also sharing details about improvements to Google Docs, made possible by a new codebase that will allow us to deliver richer functionality more quickly.

New document and spreadsheet features
We?ve responded to many of your requests for features you?re used to in desktop software. In documents, we?ve added a margin ruler, better numbering and bullets and easier image placement options. And in spreadsheets, you?ll now find a formula editing bar, cell auto-complete, drag-and-drop columns and other features not possible with older browser technologies.



Higher fidelity document import
We?ve made big improvements to our document upload feature so moving files from your computer to the cloud is easier now. Imported documents retain their original structure more accurately, so you can hit the ground running editing in the browser without having to fix formatting like bullets and text alignment.

Speed and responsiveness
New browser technologies like faster JavaScript processing have made it possible for us to speed up Google Docs significantly. Even very large spreadsheets are fast to work with in your browser now. Applications that run this fast feel like desktop applications but have the unique advantages of being in the cloud.

Faster collaboration
We?ve extended Google Docs? collaboration capabilities too, with support for up to 50 people working together at once, and in documents, you can now see other people?s edits as they happen character-by-character. And now you can also collaborate on flow charts, diagrams and other schematics in real time with a new editor for drawings on Google Docs.

Learn more about these new capabilities and how to access them on the Google Docs blog, and if you?re with a school, business or organization, we?ve shared more details on the Google Enterprise Blog.

Posted by Dave Girouard, President of Google Enterprise

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