A Challenge: Google Docs
If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last decade, you will have heard about Google. You might even have come across Google Docs. If you have a Gmail account, you’ll be able to find it in the top bar, the third item. Residing under the oh-so-many-syllables name of Documents (Docs sounds cooler anyway, don’t you think?), Google Docs is Microsoft’s Office Suite without the hefty price tag and incompatibility.
Google offers a multitude of advantages over its opposition. For a start it’s Google. They aren’t going to go bankrupt tomorrow, and leave you stranded without your assignments. And your documents are going to disappear off the face of the earth either. In fact, if half of the earth just fell away from the rest, you’d still be able to view your documents.
One of the other benefits of being online is that regardless of where you are, you can collaborate with anyone, anywhere in the world. It doesn’t matter if they’re down the street, or on the other side of the world. You can have their thoughts at your fingertips.
It’s not just text documents. You can upload images, and videos, or create spreadsheets, presentations, drawings or PDF files. What you can do in Google Docs depends on what you need to do. Your whole assignment can fit inside this single window.
Hang on a second, I can hear you say. All of my documents are online, in .doc files. Not a problem. Google have implemented an import function for .doc, .docx, .odt, .swx, .rtf, .txt, .html, .htm, .ppt, .pps, .xls, .xlsx, .ods, .csv, .wmf, ,jpg, .png, .gif, and .pdf. Don’t worry if you don’t know what all of them are, because it really doesn’t matter.
So Google Docs is awesome, right? Just give it a try. For two weeks, that’s all I’m asking. And so will I (Yes, despite what I’ve been saying, I’ve never used it properly). We have a deal? For the next two weeks, we will only use Google Docs, and banish other office suites to the closet. Good. I will see you soon.