Jun 7, 2007

[Google] Docs & Spreadsheets Improvements

Google Docs & Spreadsheets

As announced on the Official Google Docs & Spreadsheets Blog, recent changes to the site now allow users (1) who aren't logged in to their Google Accounts or who (2) do not have Google Accounts to view documents and spreadsheets shared with them.

Before you had to have a Google Account to even just view shared files, which was always a bit of a pain. Sure, I like trying to get more people to sign up for Google Accounts but at the end of the day it hampers people from reading / viewing the file I wanted to share with them in the first place.

In addition, they're now also allowing Google Apps users to share their documents and spreadsheets outside of their registered domain. Again, a way of focusing more on the functionality of sharing as opposed to just pushing Google Account sign-ups.

As always, if you actually want other people to be able to edit / collaborate with you in terms of maintaining the particular document of spreadsheet, then they'll really need to get a Google Account. No ifs-ands-or-buts about it. Either way, these are very welcome changes for Google Docs & Spreadsheets users like me!

All of these changes have also been documented on their Official Google Group.

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