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Soon You Can Edit Google Documents On Your iPad

Google has good reason to be proud of what it has done for cloud computing. Over three million businesses and 30 million users now utilize Google Apps to message and collaborate. In fact, Google is currently hosting a conference in Paris dedicated to cloud computing, or “web-based applications that are built on shared infrastructure and delivered through the browser.”

While they are trying to stir attention for the new, two-step verification process to improve the security of Google Apps, most are far more interested in the announcement of mobile editing capabilities coming to iPad and Android. Previously, mobile users could only view documents on the go, which prevented them from taking part of the real-time collaboration features that Google Documents is all about. This new addition will make it even more possible to partner with others on the creation of word documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

Apple’s own iWork suite has been the top dog among office applications for some time, but increased cloud functionality from Google Documents could challenge its high sales. Pages, Keynote, and Numbers still have the edge as far as being tailor-made for iPad, but for mobile users for whom collaboration is a priority, the Google Apps platform just became far more attractive . . . We’ve yet to see just what these mobile editing features will include. Users won’t likely be interested in a limited set of features, like what they’ve seen from Google’s mobile editing releases in the past. But honestly, I wouldn’t expect Google to go that route again. This update to Google Documents, which we can expect in the next few weeks, should be a realistic contender among all the other office and productivity apps.

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