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A first look at the Linux friendly Google Docs & Spreadsheets project

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All netizens would by now be aware of Google re-launching its online Spreadsheet and Writely Document products as an integrated product at docs.google.com. This is a first look at what is in store for people who intend to use this Google product.

What is interesting is that Google is on a fast trot to integrate all its online services by linking it with a single Google account and this latest offering is the result of such an integration. Naturally, you need a Google account (read Gmail account) to log in and use Google docs and spreadsheets.

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Google in free challenge to Office

INTERNET search king Google has launched a free word processing and spreadsheet program that could dissuade computer users from shelling out for Microsoft's Office desktop productivity package.

Dubbed Google Docs & Spreadsheets, the package blends the Writely online wordprocessing software, which Google bought in March, with spreadsheet software it debuted in June.

The software requires an internet-connected computer to work and runs within a web browser pointed at the docs.google.com address. Users must register with Google.

Google's grab for an extra slice of computer desktop real-estate comes as Microsoft gears up for the simultaneous launch of its long-delayed Windows Vista operating system and Office 7.0 desktop applications suite. The Microsoft products are set for launch to business users in November and consumers in January.

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