In Livin’ la Vida Google: A Month-Long Dive Into Web-based Apps, Wired news editor Michael Calore describes his experiment to ditch desktop programs in favor of Google’s offerings.
- Google Docs & Spreadsheets are my answer to “I left the file on my home computer” excuses.
- Students can easily work on a paper at school and at home without getting into email or USB drives to move stuff around. Students could even get at their paper while doing research at the library.
- Collaborative (but still private) work! Teachers could review drafts online or students could write a paper together.
- There’s a PDF output option.
- Version tracking. Google allows you to open prior versions of docs — handy when revising frequently and you zealously chop a necessary paragraph or two.
- It’s free.