Office Suite Programs in the Cloud – Create, Edit, & Share

With Anyone from Anywhere – Google Docs
A web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form, and data storage service from Google. Upload and save documents from your desktop, edit them online from any computer, and invite others to read or edit your documents collaborating together in real-time. Data storage for individual accounts is currently up to 1GB.

Google Docs is Google’s “software” version of an office suite but is accessed online and no need to download and install or update as you would on a traditional software program such as MS Office. Documents, spreadsheets, forms and presentations can be created within the application itself, imported through the web interface, or sent via email. They can also be saved to the user’s computer in a variety of formats (ODF, HTML, PDF, RTF, Text, Word, etc).

Uploaded and New Documents
Once uploaded from your local computer or created online, documents are automatically saved to prevent data loss, and a revision history is automatically kept. Documents can be tagged and archived for organizational purposes.

Operating Systems and Browsers
The service is officially supported on recent versions of the Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Chrome browsers running on Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X, and Linux operating systems.

User Accounts
Individual user accounts can have documents that do not exceed 1GB, embedded images must not exceed 2MB each, and spreadsheets are limited to 256 columns, 200,000 cells, and 99 sheets. What this amounts to is roughly a total of 5,000 documents and presentations, 5,000 images, 1,000 spreadsheets, and 100 PDFs without the need to delete or place on an external drive resource.
To get a Free Google Docs account you will need to create a Google Account but this is also free and will entitle you to many more applications and services available from Google for Free.

Cloud Computing – Business & Educational Popularity
Google Docs one of a handful of cloud computing document-sharing services but is among the leaders and is FREE.  The majority of similar document-sharing services require user fees, which has also enhanced Google Docs growing popularity amongst businesses. In addition, Google Docs has become very popular among students and educational institutions.

Mobile Google Docs
Mobile phone users can browse their Google Docs documents in a mobile browser. Users can view documents and view and edit spreadsheets. Versions of Google Docs for the iPhone and Android include ability to edit spreadsheets and view presentations, along with an interface designed specifically for the mobile device.

Updated Features:
Real time collaboration: See updates from other collaborators as they edit the document.
Higher-quality imports: More consistent imports from your desktop into Google Docs.
Chat with other collaborators: As you make your edits, you can chat with other document editors about the changes, from within the document.

Brief Demo Video Below

Learn More @ Google Docs Home Page

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