New Google Docs – finally

Google docs has always been good in theory but painful in practice.  You could get a taste of the power and sense of joint collaboration on documents but the experience just wasn’t there.  Surprisly the Docs platform didn’t seem to move forward over the last 18 months. Now we know why…. A new Google docs.

They say a house is only as good as its foundation, and we believe the same holds true for web applications like Google Docs. With our old foundation, we could continue delivering most features you wanted quickly, but over time it became clear that some just weren’t possible. So we decided to rebuild the underlying infrastructure of Docs to give us greater flexibility, improved performance and a better platform for developing new features quickly.

Today, we’re pleased to announce preview versions of the new Google document and spreadsheet editors and a new standalone drawings editor, all built with an even greater focus on speed and collaboration. To get a taste of what’s new today, check out our video:

This is much more like it. My docs sites haven’t updated yet but I’ll be checking during the day.

2 Comments

Tokes
April 13, 2010 at 10:34 am

Interesting that the idea of simultaneous collaboration is getting such attention. MS are also doing this with Office Web Apps too allowing one person to work on a document within the browser and someone else update the same doc on the desktop.

It’s quite a change of focus but I just can’t imagine a scenario where I would want someone to be updating a document I was updating at the same time! And certainly not a spreadsheet with formula. Maybe collaborating on a drawing but even then it would be weird.

Also, I laughed out load when I saw the video show multiple people simultaneously updating a product feature road-map and magically arriving at “Launch!”

Mike Riversdale
April 13, 2010 at 4:46 pm

@Tokes, you’re right, most of the time people don’t actually edit the same document at the same time (except at workshops and the like … collaborative conference note taking is a great experience as well, you miss less when others are taking up the slack :-).

BUT, it’s great to know that you can. That editing a document doesn’t “lock it”. It’s awesome that the pain is removed.

So, more power to Google, Microsoft and all the others for starting to take away that pain and for making IT invisible.

(and surely it’s that easy to launch a brand new product, no? :-)

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