Google Docs gets better — but is it ready to take on Office?

The new version adds collaboration tools and drawing software, but drops the ability to work offline.

By Preston Gralla – April 22, 2010 12:25 PM ET

Computerworld – The new version of Google Docs sports considerable collaboration tools, as well as improved editing and formatting, a faster, more useful spreadsheet and new collaborative drawing software. It’s a worthwhile upgrade to the Web-based office suite, especially for those to whom collaboration is of vital importance. But because it no longer allows offline access to documents (for now), and because it’s still not as powerful as Microsoft Office, it’s not likely to knock Office off of its throne as king of the productivity suites.

It’s likely no coincidence that this major update to Google Docs arrives just before Microsoft finalizes Office 2010. Based on what I saw when I reviewed the beta of Office 2010, this new version of Google Docs is far superior to the Web-based version of Office. Those who want to work collaboratively with colleagues on documents online will want to use Google Docs, while those who want the most powerful office productivity suite will stay with Office.

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