updated 12:45 pm EDT, Mon September 20, 2010
May increase practicality of tablets
Google has announced that Google Docs, its online productivity suite, will soon support editing via the iPad or an Android device. The technology should roll out during "the next few weeks," and at least allow co-editing of documents produced by others. Support for authoring is unmentioned so far. On a desktop or notebook PC, Docs users have access to form, illustration, presentation, spreadsheet and word processing tools.
The mobile upgrade is nevertheless important, as it may make the new generation of tablets more practical in a work setting. Both the iPad and upcoming Android tablets are still developing their enterprise support, although the iPad currently enjoys greater popularity and a larger selection of apps. Apple is selling an iPad version of its iWork suite, although it does not have the cloud sync capabilities of Docs.