Items tagged with Google Docs

Google Docs has become the go to for many people in the business and personal world for collaborating on documents in the cloud. Normally you hit the Docs icon and start writing or open your saved documents in Drive and off you go. Yesterday, however, Google Docs was down, and people lost their minds. Reports indicate when people in affected areas tried to open a document all they saw was a "Trying to connect" alert. DownDetector.com offered up a handy little map that showed areas that were hit with the outage. According to that site Docs began having issues Wednesday at about 9 am PT. The areas hardest hit appeared to be on the east and west coasts, but many major metro areas were down across... Read more...
Every savvy computer user knows to be wary of things like email attachments and hyperlinked text, especially (though not solely) when receiving an unexpected communication. It does not matter if the communication comes from a trusted source or not. In case anyone needs reminded of this, there is yet another phishing scam making the rounds, this time in attempt to dupe users through Gmail and Google Docs.This latest scam is rather sophisticated. It is basically a computer worm masquerading as an email from a trusted contact. It asks the recipient to check out an attached Google Docs (or GDocs) file. Clicking on the link then takes the recipient to a legitimate Google Security page where they're... Read more...
Having trouble sending or receiving email on your Gmail account today? Don't bother tinkering with your account settings, the problem probably isn't on your end, not unless your issues manifested immediately following any changes you might have made. Otherwise, point the finger at Google, which has acknowledged that some of its online services are suffering disruptions today. Google began investigating reports of an issue with Gmail at 8:58 AM EST this morning. Nine minutes later, the search giant said it was still looking into the service disruption, adding that it's affecting less than 0.007 percent of all Gmail users. The latest update came at 9:51 AM, in which Google stated it has restored... Read more...
Either someone at Microsoft screwed up the language in the licensing agreement for Microsoft Office 2013, or the company really, really wants everyone to switch to an Office 365 subscription instead of the locally-installed version of the software. The Age spotted some confusing language in the Office Home & Student 2013 license agreement that appeared to limit the installation to a single computer. Mind you, that’s not one computer at a time, but one computer--ever. This is similar to the OEM licensing model, which marries Office with whatever machine it ships on forever. Of course, that really doesn’t make any sense at all for the average user. If every copy of Office 2013 is... Read more...
Google is continuing to take advantage of its I/O conference to announce new features for many of its products. One of the most requested features for Google Docs is finally here: offline editing. With this new feature, you can now create and edit Google documents and leave comments even if you don't have an Internet connection. When you get back online, the changes will automatically sync. The offline editing feature works with Google Drive and you'll find the option to enable this new feature through there. There's one significant catch, however: you'll need the latest version of Chrome or ChromeOS in order to edit offline. Google says it's planning to make offline editing for spreadsheets... Read more...
Google announced an update to Google Docs for Android that enables real-time collaboration. With this update, you'll now be able to collaborate using Google Docs for Android just as you would with Google Docs on your PC. Google also updated the interface for Google Docs for Android so it's easier to work on documents from a mobile device while on the go. The update includes pinch to zoom features and rich text formatting so you'll be able to create bullet lists, add color, and more. Collaborate and edit anywhere with the updated Google Docs for Android Wednesday, February 22, 2012 | 11:17 AM As I was sitting on the ferry commuting to Google’s Sydney office this morning, two thoughts occurred... Read more...
Google announced an update for the Google Docs app so that it works better on tablets. The update includes a new design that takes advantage of the larger screen found on tablets. Included in this new design is a three-panel layout which lets you navigate, view your document list, and see document details from a single screen. The details panel includes a thumbnail so you can preview a document before opening it. You can also see who can view or edit a document from this panel. The new features are available for tablets running Android 3.0 and higher. An enhanced Google Docs experience on Android tablets Wednesday, October 5, 2011 | 10:02 AM Earlier this year, we introduced the Google Docs app... Read more...
Google recently rolled out a few changes to its Google Docs for mobile browsers. With the changes, you'll now get the ability to sort, narrow, and share multiple documents from your mobile docs list. These new features are designed with tablets and other mobile devices in mind. Assuming your device uses a supported browser, you should be able to press Sort to organize the list of docs that are visible from the mobile browser. You can also press Narrow By to specify a subset of documents you'd like to view. The ability to share a document from your mobile device is available as well. After you select one or more documents, you can press the Share button and select a sharing method. In fact, sharing... Read more...
While the company has diversified into a range of products and services, Windows and Office remain Microsoft's major cash earners; the revenue from these massive areas is used to cover losses in segments like Internet use.This helps to explain why MS recently published a story on the hidden cost of migrating to Google Apps. The company's assurances that it's only trying to help companies make a more informed decision is a poorly built facade for masking its own unease. Tom Rizzo writes: "No one would willingly give the IRS more than they owe, or submit to taxes they weren’t required to pay. So why is it that people and businesses allow themselves to be unfairly “taxed” by Google? ... Read more...
Google Docs have been used around these parts for years on end. Why load up Office when you can just handle things online? But one of the major issues with Google Docs has been editing and using them on mobile devices. Now, Google's making it easier to deal with them on Android-based devices. There's a new app up for download in the Android Market these days: Google Docs for Android. The app provides an enhanced level of functionality compared to just using the mobile web, enabling users to filter/search for content across any Google account, then jump straight into editing docs using the online mobile editors. The app also allows you to easily share items with contacts on your phone, right from... Read more...
It's too early to make the call for sure, but it looks like Office's days are numbered. But then again, the same was said of physical discs, and although iTunes is making a huge dent in CD sales, people are still swooping in to buy console games on disc versus downloading PC titles en masse via Steam. At any rate, Google Docs does actually stand a good chance at eating away at some of Microsoft's market share, primarily because Docs are free to use. Office, on the other hand, is quite expensive. But one of the main issues with Google Docs is the inability to edit on the go, easily. There are Office applications that help users edit those while using a mobile device, but Google hasn't kept up.... Read more...
Google has done it again. And when we say "it again," we mean "set a new bar for everyone else to jump over." For years now, online storage has been hit or miss, particularly the free variety. There are numerous services that charge a monthly rate to store your files online, but few of these are gratis. And those that are, generally don't work well or are loaded with pop-up ads. Basically, it's tough to share large files online without paying for a service such as MobileMe, but leave it to Google to solve a problem that has plagued the entire Internet for far too long. But Google Documents has been slowing maturing behind the scenes, and now it's just about ready for primetime. Aside from storing... Read more...
Every other week or so, we get the feeling that Google is making strides in fully taking over the world. Be it search advancements, Android advancements or their drive into being an ISP, Google is getting their hands dirty with almost everything. Google Docs has been around for years, and while many tech enthusiasts have shifted to them over desktop versions of Microsoft Office, the vast majority still haven't.Google is hoping to change that, and they're constantly working to improve the services to make them more viable alternatives to desktop office suite applications. The latest round of improvements are some of the most significant in the life of the web apps. There are new preview versions... Read more...
If you've an avid PC user, and you dig the Internet, you've probably run across this problem before. You've got a file that's too big to send over email, and the idea of mailing a physical disc or USB stick in the mail just turns you off. The solution? Up until now, only a few sites out there (MegaUpload and Drop.io, to name a couple) were available to help, but they certainly have limitations. Now, Google is altering its strategy for Google Docs in order to help out. Over the next few weeks, the company intends to roll out the "ability to upload, store and organize any type of file in Google Docs." After the change, you'll be able to "upload and access your files from any computer," essentially... Read more...
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