The New Google Apps: Share and Share Alike
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Google's Offical Docs blog announced last evening that it's time to stop sharing spreadsheets.
At least, in the traditional way most of us have come to share them -- emailing one another back and forth, back and forth, trying to figure out who made the latest change to which version.
That is soooo 1998.
With the new release of Google Docs, spreadsheets get wings, move into the cloud, and with a new forms feature, you can send your spreadsheet to anybody with an email address and ask them to contribute to the spreadsheet.
Me, I'd like to give it a test run and send out a spreadsheet with my banking account information -- anybody feel free to comment and add positive integers to my accounts.
Paypal and all major credit cards are accepted.
CNET's News Blog's Elinor Mills posts that this new move is "a way for workers to slip a hosted apps service into the enterprise," not unlike instant messaging in the late 1990s.
Google offers both a free Standard edition and a Premier Edition, one that is fee-based and which allows administrators some application control, service disablement, single-sign on integration, etc.
It all sounds good, save for if you were in Egypt earlier this week and some rogue wayfaring submarine suddenly interrupted access to your 2nd quarter budget that was due in your boss's in-box yesterday.
On the other hand, if and when the network is alive and well, what better way to sneak in that latest rogue pork project into cell C34.
Of course, you could also just download IBM's free Lotus Symphony beta and do work the old-fashioned way.
That way, you at least know and can get access to where the latest version of that document is: On your desktop.Maybe 1998 wasn't such a bad year after all.