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Last updated: January 17, 2012
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IBM Docs is a new office productivity suite for working on documents, spreadsheets and presentations - together - in the cloud. IBM Docs only a browser and an account, and you are able to easily create professional looking documents and share them with others. IBM Docs is simple yet powerful – letting you get started quickly, but delivering the advanced features you need.
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2012. IBM launches online office suite IBM Docs
Almost a year ago, IBM promised to launch its own alternative to Google Docs and Office 365 - LotusLive Symphony. And the company has fulfilled the promise. True, the service is called differently - IBM Docs and for now it has no relation to the SaaS-platform LotusLive. IBM Docs is now in Beta the status and located on the strange portal Lotus GreenHouse. It's strange because, first, why it's Green, while the company is Blue? And second, IBM doesn't clearly explain the purpose of this portal and how long it will exist. It provides several IBM services for free, including Lotus Connections, Lotus Quickr, Lotus Sametime, Lotus iNotes. Moreover, the portal has less restrictions than bugs. But let's get back to the IBM Docs. IBM Docs really exceeded our expectations. It works not only with IBM Symphony formats but also with MS Office documents. Moreover, the service shows excellent results in supporting Microsoft docs and spreadsheets formatting (perhaps even better than Office Web Apps). There are certainly some problems with further formatting of complex tables in the text editor and IBM's spreadsheets don't support diagrams yet - but for the first version, it works very well. Each IBM Docs app supports real-time collaboration. You can see who is currently editing the document and what part he is editing right now. And you can chat with co-workers in the sidebar comments. The comments (discussion) can be linked to a specific location in the document. And the killer feature of IBM Docs (compared to competitors) - is an opportunity to assign tasks in the document to different users. For example, you can assign the document part to the particular employee, and only he will be able to edit it. You can also assign the due date and the Reviewer who will check this part after the owner finish his work.
2011. Google Docs gets new interface and new competitor - LotusLive Symphony
Unlike the Google Wave team, nobody disturbs Google Docs developers, so they continue to add useful and not useful features to the suite. This time they changed the Google Docs interface in order to help users more easily manage lists of documents. They added a right pane with preview of the selected document and relevant information about it: history, versions and users who have access to it. The new Google Docs homepage now shows the most frequently used documents (an extension of the GMail Priority Inbox idea). The list of documents can be filtered by file type or you can show only images / videos (they are be displayed as thumbnails). For images the new slideshow-viewer has been added: The most interesting new feature - Collections. Google has found a new way to decide the eternal dispute between fans of folders and tags - invented a new concept - "collections." Google Docs developers say that these collections combine the advantages of tags and folders. You can add a document to different collections and store collections hierarchically, just like folders ... So, instead of clear-for-all folders they have introduced absolutely unclear collections. After the reasonable initiative to bring Google Docs to familiar MS Office interface, this step looks very strange. Here is the old interface with folders: While Google experimenting with the Docs interface, IBM has also decided to enter the online office market. The company has introduced the online version of its office suite Lotus Symphony, that will join the SaaS collaboration portal LotusLive. LotusLive Symphony will include word processor, spreadsheets, presentations, and provide real-time document collaboration features. It is expected that the service will become available in the second half of 2011. So, very soon, enterprises will have a wide choice of online office suites: - Google Docs - Zoho Docs - Microsoft Office Web Apps - Oracle Cloud Office - LotusLive Symphony