Google Updates Docs in Bid to Take On Microsoft

Google is upping the ante on its enterprise play, introducing a major upgrade of its Docs & Spreadsheets productivity suite.

The cloud-based offering, based on JavaScript instead of HTML, promises to one-up Microsoft Office with its collaboration features, though the company says the new version has more of the “feel” of desktop applications.

But one of the significant features of recent iterations of Google Docs — offline mode — isn’t yet available in the new version, though Google says it’s working to address that in short order.

Datamation has the story on the new version of Google’s cloud-based Docs & Spreadsheet offering.

Google has released a new version of its cloud-based Google Docs & Spreadsheet that’s moved from an HTML model to JavaScript for snappier Web performance and more collaborative features. A new standalone drawing editor is also included in the release.

Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) said the new apps will “feel” more like a desktop app in terms of responsiveness thanks to speed improvements.

“This is a brand new technical foundation. We’ve rebuilt the architecture from the ground up,” Anil Sabharwal, enterprise product manager for Google Docs, told “When you’re using these Web apps they’re going to feel even faster than desktop apps in some cases.”

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Google Overhauls Docs & Spreadsheets

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