Wednesday, January 31, 2007

New Google Docs and Spreadsheet Feature

I‘m coming up on a significant anniversary in early February. The occasion? It will have been over a year since I authored anything using Word. Most of what I write is for online consumption, and when I do write something destined for paper I almost never do it by myself. I have moved exclusively to Google Docs and Spreadsheets for this (I was an early user of Writely prior to the Google acquisition).

The only time I use Word anymore is to for opening a document that someone has attached to an email message. This emailing documents around is one of the least efficient ways of working that I can possibly imagine. It‘s only marginally better than a fax (remember those)? So when I saw this new feature in Gooogle D&S I was pumped:

Whenever those of you who use Gmail receive a spreadsheet or a document in an email, you will see a new link next to the "Download" link that says "Open as a Google document." Click on that and the attachment will automatically be imported into Docs & Spreadsheets and added to your personal document list where you can make changes, invite collaborators and search for it later. We hope you like it.

Wow, how cool is that? Go ahead send me a .doc file… I can‘t wait to try this out. Does this mean that I start redirecting everything to Gmail? Might be time to bite the bullet.

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