Mountain View has the builders in over at Google Docs, where the company is working on a new interface for the online office app. While the work is taking place, Google is warning users that ongoing tweaks might be noticeable during the “next few weeks” while it applies the facelift to Docs. It’s hardly surprising to see Google …
Who cares about the "shared with" option
I'd just be happy if it worked with Opera!
My confident prediction: even more unwanted toolbars, sidebars, status lines, fins and chrome, taking up what's left of my netbook's screen.
This is the sort of thing that creates barriers to acceptance of online docs. Sometimes people don't want to have to re-learn a user interface they've already learnt the first time, they just want to get one and write their documents. People who didn't like the new Office 2007 ribbon interface, because the Bold button wasn't where it used to be, at least had to opt to install it or stick with the Office XP interface they knew and loved. But with online apps you are forced to work to the app provider's timetable instead of your own. At best they have a button to revert to the older interface but it's still an opt-out mechanism and ultimately they aren't going to want to maintain both interfaces forever so you'll be forced into the change eventually.
I'm thinking primarily of people like my mother, who have to have the toolbars locked to make sure they don't accidentally get dragged to a different place on the screen otherwise they can't find their usual buttons any more. And people who don't view their work as a continuous journey of discovery.
Google Docs was originally designed, in part at least as a shot over Microsofts bow ‘stay away from our business model or else’. Now Microsoft’s making a full frontal assault with Bing and making some minor progress, the gloves are off and the knives are out.
Hopefully we’ll see the two Galleys line up and the tech giants blow each other to smithereens. Expect the two companies to continue lobbing multi-billion dollar grenades at each other in the form of ChromeOS, Azure, Yahoo advertising partnership deal thing etc, etc...
this ought to be fun
Shiny new Interface?
If they actually had apps that *worked* it would be a start, never mind about the interface, shiny or otherwise.
Google needs to completely rewrite the sorry excuse they currently have or just stop pretending.
If anyone is going to successfully roll out usable apps in this Cloud thingie we keep hearing so much about then MS is going to be first past the post (it grieves me to say) because no one will settle for any less functionality from these apps just because they are web-based rather than trad local fat apps.
Looks like Office 2010 will be doing just this. With a shiny interface.
Won't work for me though. They'll never work on Linux. Looks like I'll have to stick with TROFF for a while yet :(
Perhaps Google Docs would consider holding more than 512k of HTML in a document if they want to compete?
My Google Docs has never worked properly. Maybe this'll fix it... by Christmas
Office 2010 web has a killer feature...
The killer feature of the Office 2010 web apps is that they can be hosted in house, which is a real boon for a lot of companies. Look at the twitter/google apps fiasco to see that having stuff in the cloud, whilst convenient, isn't always the best option (and don't give me the line that users should choose stronger passwords - we've been trying to change user behaviour for 20 years and we need to accept it isn't going to happen).
I can see a lot of companies worried about misappropriation of trade secrets flocking to Office in droves, and then the hosted version can mop up the home users who want things easily accessible. They could put them behind a VPN with 2 factor security (RSA token or similar) to give secure remote access.
".....flocking to Office in droves...."
Er, they've already flocked there and I think we're beyond droves and well into hordes. 90% market share, remember? What it's supposed to do is stop 'em buggering off somewhere else more cloudy when the tech column of the Financial Times says it's The Next Big Thing.
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