Repurposes Office domain for online productivity suite
One day after renaming its SkyDrive cloud storage to OneDrive, Microsoft has performed a second rebranding effort, this time on its online productivity suite. Office Web Apps is being renamed as "Office Online," and in an effort to make the service easier for users to discover and move away from Google Docs, Microsoft is now using the Office.com domain name for the web apps.
Real-time collaboration competes with Google
Microsoft has introduced a range of new features to its Office 365 web apps, strengthening the free productivity tools amid a growing rivalry with Apple's iWork suite. Real-time co-authoring is the focal point for the web-based utilities, enabling multiple users to simultaneously collaborate on the same project. The feature essentially catches up with the capabilities of iWork and Google Docs.
Google refines Drive apps with new icons, smaller toolbars
Google has updated its Google Drive online apps with a refreshed user interface. Google Docs, Drawings, Sheets, Slides, and Forms now include a colorful icon that returns users to Drive itself, while the toolbar section at the top has been made smaller, allowing more of the screen to be taken up by the files being worked on, and seemingly brings it closer in visual style to installable office suites.
Twitter for Windows 8 adds list support, multiple user accounts
Twitter for Windows 8 has received some updates, alongside some bug fixes. The Metro-style app update, available through the Windows Store, now allows for users to sign into the microblogging service with multiple accounts, adds support for viewing lists of Twitter accounts, and allows for user profiles and lists to be pinned directly onto the Windows 8 Start screen.
Post pulled, update said to add editing capabilities to iOS
A post only briefly available on the Google blog announced features for the upcoming version of Google Drive for iOS and Android. The new version allows iOS users to edit Google Documents, and view Google Presentations. Google has since deleted the post, but presumably, the update is imminent.
New tool integrates search without leaving doc
Google slipped a new feature into its Google Docs online productivity suite today, adding the ability to conduct Google searches within the document. In addition to making it easier to search for additional information, the new tool incorporates a number of other features, streamlining the construction of a research document. This marks the second major feature addition to Google Docs in as many weeks.
Update brings new fonts, creative templates
In an update on the Google Docs Blog, the Google Docs Team announced the availability of 450 new fonts and 60 creative templates. The new fonts and templates, part of an array of new features and updates announced today, expand the range of documents users can create, bringing Google's offering more in line with the capabilities of its main productivity suite competitor, Microsoft Office.
Google Drive launch imminent
Google’s long-rumored Google Drive cloud-based storage service dubbed is tipped by insiders to arrive as soon as today. Hints that a launch may be imminent include an increase in Google Docs default storage from 1GB to 5GB that is starting to roll out, as well as a direct reference to the yet to be launched service in Google support materials.
Google Drive could get long awaited debut
Google's long-upcoming Google Drive might be close to a real launch after leaks on Tuesday. The cloud storage service was slated by GigaOm sources to be coming during the first week of April. It would potentially be a step back from Dropbox, providing 1GB for free instead of 2GB and thus bringing more people into the paid version.
Google Docs for Android gets major upgrade
Google gave a treat to Android users by updating Google Docs for Android (Market) with a major interface revamp. The new version adds the real-time collaboration of the web version to let those on a phone or tablet make and see edits alongside others. Users only have to tap into editing mode to be marked as involved.
Docs sync in background when online
Google has updated its Google Docs app for Android devices (free, Market). The app now supports offline access to files saved in Google Docs. Google has also improved the readability of Google Docs viewed on Android tablets.
Freemium service overlays Google Docs storage
Software developer Insync is offering a free front-end to Google's cloud-based storage service. The company claims that its app in conjunction with Google storage provides enhanced sharing capabilities at a lower cost than rival Dropbox. Insync hopes to derive its revenues through offering value-added services such as secure remote wiping of local Google Docs at a premium.
Google Docs now tuned for Android 3 tablets
Google gave its tablet users a lift Wednesday by updating Google Docs for Android (Market). The new version is now genuinely optimized for Android tablets and gives a three-panel view that lets users browse batches of documents, a list of the files themselves, and a quick preview of the files and who has access to a file. The actual workspace is larger, and autocompletion simplifies dropping in collaborators and others by their name or address.
Google Docs on mobiles now closer to desktops'
Google just announced a revamp of Google Docs for mobile devices. Not only has the look changed, but users can now also sort, narrow and share multiple documents from their mobile documents list. The new 'Sort' and 'Narrow by' buttons help users sift through e-mails.
Google launches official Google Docs Android app
Google has just released the first official Google Docs Android app (free, Market). It will search for content from any connected Google account and let users edit documents using the online mobile editors. Items can be shared from the app with contacts on the phone.
Google Docs mobile editing grows to 44 languages
Google Docs mobile editing expanded significantly this week with the addition of 44 more languages. The company's update has expanded beyond English for the first time and lets smartphone or tablet owners edit in many Asian and European languages as well as languages that read right-to-left, such as Arabic or Hebrew. Language is so far the only known addition.
Can saves as MS Office files for compatibility
Golden Hill Software has released CloudPull, a backup application for Google Docs that saves documents, spreadsheets and presentations locally to the Mac as Microsoft Office files. Like Time Machine, CloudPull backs up automatically once every hour and maintains prior revisions. It can also retain documents that have been deleted from Google Docs, and supports up to 10 Google accounts.
Style edits, fonts, plus formulas for spreadsheets
Google recently noted that it has updated Google Docs to bring the full version of the cloud based productivity suite to the iPad. While Google recently updated its mobile version of Google Docs to support editing on smartphones, it acknowledged the feature was somewhat limited. The new version for the iPad allows users to tweak fonts, styles and formatting as they would using the desktop version of the cloud-based app. Similarly, the Google Docs spreadsheet now allows iPad users to insert formulas as they would on the desktop version.
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.