If you have never tried using Google Docs, now is the time to jump in and try it out. Essentially it is an online version of Office. You can create and edit documents, spreadsheets, drawings, and presentations online. The files are stored on Google’s servers so you can access them from any computer with internet access. It also allows you to share files with others, even accessing the documents at the same time.
Yesterday, Google announced several great new features for Google Docs. Real-time collaboration, new spreadsheet enhancements, a new drawing tool, and more control over document formatting were all added features. They also allow you to upload any files to their server for online storage.
You can combine this with Google apps for your domain and have the ability to provide email and calendar scheduling, all for free for churches and non-profits. If you are a church, this is a great service to use for sharing important information. For more reasons why you should consider using Google apps, check out this post over at ChurchCrunch.
I am a big Google fan and this just reinforces the fact that you don’t have to charge high prices to offer a great service. Between Google Docs and the free OpenOffice suite, I really don’t see myself spending any money for Microsoft Office in the future. Check out the video below for more info on Google Docs.
I really like Google Docs, but OpenOffice is horrid. Of course most things written in Java are. Thanks for the update on the Google Docs, though. Good stuff!
I've had some problems with OpenOffice as well, but the newer versions don't seem to be near as bad as before. I've used both OpenOffice and NeoOffice on the mac with mixed results. But for basic documents and spreadsheets they work fine. The presentation program really is awful. I'll stick to using Keynote for those.
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