March 6, 2010 |
Google Inc. gobbled up yet another start-up Friday with the acquisition of DocVerse, which makes a group editing tool for Microsoft Office. The 3-year-old DocVerse is Google's fourth buy in less than a month. Google could transform DocVerse into a companion for the search giant's Docs software suite, enabling someone working on a document in Microsoft's Word program to collaborate with others using Google's Web-based applications. The Mountain View, Calif., company hinted at such integration in its blog post.
October 23, 2013 |
Not in the mood to type out an email? Write it out. Google this week announced a new feature for Gmail and Google Docs that allows users to hand write their emails and documents using their computer mouse or trackpad. "Whether you're a student trying to include a foreign phrase in your paper or an international consultant hoping to begin your message with a friendly local greeting, now you'll be able to use your own handwriting to input words directly into Gmail and Google Docs with your mouse or trackpad," Google said in a blog post.
July 8, 2009 |
Google Inc. is dropping the "beta," or test, label from its Gmail e-mail service and other online programs to attract business customers away from Microsoft Corp. The label will also drop from Google Docs, Google Calendar and Google Talk. The Mountain View, Calif., company used the label to show it was still improving the software. Gmail has been in beta since it launched five years ago. Google is grappling with a slump in ad spending. In the first quarter it had its first sequential sales drop since 2004.
June 5, 2012 |
Google is adding some weight to its Google Docs team by purchasing Quickoffice, a startup that developed a suite of mobile apps that are essentially clones of Microsoft Office. The purchase was announced on Google's Blog on Tuesday although no details were announced besides the actual acquisition. "Today, consumers, businesses and schools use Google Apps to get stuff done from anywhere, with anyone and on any device," said Alan Warren, Google's engineering director. "Quickoffice has an established track record of enabling seamless interoperability with popular file formats, and we'll be working on bringing their powerful technology to our Apps product suite.
November 12, 2012 |
Google has announced yet another computer for its line of Chromebooks, this one built by Acer with a sticker price of $199. The Acer C7 Chromebook will be available for purchase online at Google Play and BestBuy.com on Tuesday. You'll also be able to pick one up at select Best Buy stores starting this week. The C7 features an 11.6-inch display with an 1,366 by 768 pixel resolution. The computer runs on an Intel Core processor and includes 320 gigabytes of storage. The Acer C7 is 1 inch thick and weighs 3 pounds.
April 24, 2012 |
Google has made its latest move, launching Drive, as it angles to be the one-stop hub for search, Web browsing, social networking, and now storage and content creation. And it has the attention of the competition. Just Monday, Forrester Research released a report about what will be the explosive relevance of cloud services. Today's announcement underscores that evolution. “Google Drive is significant because now all Google account holders have one click signup to free file storage, sync and sharing, which has the potential to quickly build a large volume of users," said Frank Gillette, the Forrester analyst who wrote the report. "Integration with Google Docs/Apps and eventually with Gmail will make it more natural and seamless than managing from a separate account....So Google Drive will cause more individuals to begin using personal cloud services and more companies, those that use Google Apps, to use cloud-based file sync and sharing.” Some already established personal cloud providers have responded to Google's storage salvo by focusing on the growing importance of the burgeoning shift to remote storage. "It's an insanely exciting time in the cloud storage and collaboration space, and Google's entry underscores the importance of this multi-billion dollar category," Box co-founder and Chief Executive Aaron Levie wrote in an emailed statement.