Google Docs Gets A Refresh For Easier Navigation
Sometimes, it’s the little things that make all the difference. TalkinCloud recently wondered if last week’s pile of Google Apps updates was a sign of things to come. And now, Google has made some enhancements to Google Docs. The refinements to the interface bring a layer of — dare we say it? — professionalism to the whole affair.
The first thing to notice about the new Google Docs document list is that it’s much prettier than it used to be, with columns of data supplanted by a useful sidebar that previews the file and lists who it’s shared with. That alone makes Google Docs look more like an enterprise-grade offering.
Google Apps for Business (including Google Apps reseller editions) will be getting the refreshed Google Docs document list within the next several weeks, but most consumer accounts should
The rest of the new Google Docs features, as per the official blog entry:
- Priority sorting, following in the footsteps of the Gmail Priority Inbox, so documents are arranged according to estimated importance.
- The addition of full-screen slideshows to photo viewing.
- A “Home” folder to put your most-used and favorite files for quick retrieval.
- Gmail-style label collections have replaced folders, but they can be stacked hierarchically all the same.
- Keyboard shortcuts for common tasks like selecting multiple Google Docs files.
- Back-end improvements for an overall speed boost.
Proof of a master plan? Maybe not. But TalkinCloud suspects that 2011 will see Google Apps put hammer to anvil on making their whole suite of offerings more presentable to customers.