After iWork on the iPad, the only thing that people found missing was a cloud based online app suite, and Google’s blog post
says that it may not be long after all. According to the update, Google is working on a customized version of their online Google Docs app suite for the iPad and Android platform, and could also possibly mean that it will eventually end up on the iPhone and iPod Touch.
We’re launching new cloud-powered capabilities: two-step verification to help enhance security and soon, mobile editing in Google Docs on Android and the iPad™. ..today we demonstrated new mobile editing capabilities for Google Docs on the Android platform and the iPad. In the next few weeks, co-workers around the world will soon be able to co-edit files simultaneously from an even wider array of devices. Only cloud computing is able to deliver the whole package of productivity-enhancing collaboration, superior reliability and virtually unlimited scale at a price that’s affordable for any size organization. Our Atmosphere event is a nice opportunity to step back and fully appreciate the power of the cloud with customers and future customers alike.
Though all that is mentioned is ‘editing’ capability, but its highly unlikely that Google will leave it at that. Even if the primitive support is just secondary, it should soon be followed by full fledged support for creation of spreadsheets, documents, PDFs, slideshows and presentations.
This technology is based on DocVerse, and will allow users to edit Microsoft Office documents locally while sharing them via the cloud. Google purchased DocVerse in March and since then there has been speculation, about how Google will add this functionality to its Google Docs suite.
In all ways, this is great news for business users who travel with their iPad and are unsatisfied with the limited sharing capability that the Apple iWork suite provides.