Monday, December 04, 2006

Gmail Integrates With Google Docs & Spreadsheets

This was bound to happen sooner or later and I'm glad it has happened. Google has finally integrated Gmail with Google Docs & Spreadsheets.

Previously, Google rolled out new ways for Gmail users to view attachments in emails. For example, MP3 files could be played with the embedded player. You could choose to view PDFs, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint slides as HTML. Now, Google is adding another option for documents and spreadsheets. You can now open these attachments as a Google Spreadsheet or Google Document within Google Docs & Spreadsheets.

Google Docs & Spreadsheets

This makes it easy for Gmail users to share a particular document or spreadsheet after it has been edited without the need of attaching it and sending it back and forth through email although some may point to the fact that the document or spreadsheet could and should have been uploaded/created on Google Docs & Spreadsheets to start with.

Google Docs & Spreadsheets

But one thing though, it makes it convenient to open such files on a computer that may not have productivity softwares capable of opening such files installed on them. I would prefer opening such attachments on Google Docs & Spreadsheets rather than having to download, save and opening it on a computer that is not mine and having to locate the file and deleting it from the computer.

Google Docs & Spreadsheets

There's no official announcement from Google concerning this new feature as of now but it's not unusual. Of course, this could have been rolled out in stages a few weeks back and this feature has only been enabled for my account recently. I find this integration very useful considering my heavy usage of both services and saves me a lot of hassle. So, what do you think about this new feature in Gmail?

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