At Atmosphere, inaugural event at Googleplex; Google announced a major upgrade of Google Docs. "You shouldn’t have to give up any routine features when you switch to web-based applications, and we’re addressing many longstanding requests across Google Docs with this release that were not feasible with older browser technology," the company writes.
- New document and spreadsheet features: Documents support better formatting options like a margin ruler, better numbering and bullets, and more flexible image placement. Spreadsheets now have a familiar formula editing bar, cell auto-complete, drag-and-drop columns and more.
- Higher fidelity document import – now you easily move files saved on your computer to cloud, with improved document upload feature. Imported documents keep their original structure more accurately, so you can spend less time adjusting files you move to the cloud.
- Speed and responsiveness of Google Docs also has improved, with the company noting that Web apps now feel "just as fluid as traditional software." That means easier more seamless collaboration, one of the hallmarks of Google Docs over the years.
- Faster collaboration – now the apps support up to 50 simultaneous editors, now can work on one document at the same time with individual editors following changes as they occur. The company also added multi-user functionality to drawings, so multiple users can adjust charts, graphics and other diagrams.
“New Google Docs editors will take advantage of faster rendering engines in modern browsers as well as new web standards like HTML5. As a result, we need to temporarily remove offline support for Docs starting May 3rd, 2010. We’ll continue to support offline access for Gmail and Google Calendar,” notes Google.