Google Launches New 'Slides' iOS App, Updates Docs and Sheets With Microsoft Support

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Google today launched a new Google Slides app for the iPhone to complement both Google Docs and Google Sheets, putting it in a position to better compete with business-oriented iOS software suites from both Apple and Microsoft. With Slides, Google now offers apps for creating word-based documents, spreadsheets, and presentations directly on the iPhone.

Slides is designed to allow users to create, edit, and collaborate with other users on presentations from the iPhone, iPad, or desktop. The app allows users to create new presentations or edit existing presentations, and it's possible to share presentations with others as well as work on a single presentation with multiple people at the same time. Like other Google apps, Slides saves automatically and works offline.

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Along with launching Slides, Google has also updated both Docs and Sheets with support for Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, respectively, allowing users to open and edit Microsoft documents with Google apps. Slides is also able to open Microsoft PowerPoint files.

Here's the lowdown on what you can now do with Docs, Sheets, and Slides:

You can truly get stuff done from any device--your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Android tablet, laptop or desktop computer. Any change you make on any of these devices is saved automatically, so you can pick up right where you left off any time, anywhere that you can sign in.

The Docs, Sheets and Slides apps come with offline editing built right in. Just make the files you want to edit available offline. Any changes you make offline get automatically synced when you reconnect, just like when you make offline edits from your computer.

And while converting Office files to Docs, Sheets and Slides is a cinch, the new iPhone/iPad apps also let you edit Office files directly -- just like on the Android apps and the web.

All three of Google's productivity apps can be downloaded from the App Store at no cost.

- Google Slides [Direct Link]
- Google Docs [Direct Link]
- Google Sheets [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

newagemac Avatar
84 months ago

How do these compare to iWork for iOS?

They're not even in the same league with iWork.

Google needs to get serious about documents. Microsoft and Apple have native applications that far surpass what Google's web applications do and now they have web applications as well. Google's biggest problem is they don't do native applications well and web apps just can't compete with the integration with the OS, power, and speed of native applications.

The web app based only stuff Google does was good back in 2006. Today's cloud is more than just having a web app. You need to have native applications that seamlessly sync with web versions and deeply integrated into your Operating System. Apple and Microsoft are doing a good job of this while Google seems to be stuck in the past.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
markyr17 Avatar
84 months ago

But how can it be, they must have huge operational costs, and make a profit.

Check out Google's business model.

http://bmimatters.com/2012/03/29/understanding-google-business-model/

Basically, all the things that the company does are to collect data from their users, and to use that data for the benefit of their advertisers by providing ads.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
markyr17 Avatar
84 months ago

Interesting, how much do they cost?


made by google, so... "free"
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dilster3k Avatar
84 months ago
Rather use the iWork-Suite. Thank you very much.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
shanson27 Avatar
84 months ago
I hate google !
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
subsonix Avatar
84 months ago

Check out Google's business model.

http://bmimatters.com/2012/03/29/understanding-google-business-model/

Basically, all the things that the company does are to collect data from their users, and to use that data for the benefit of their advertisers by providing ads.


Yeah, so yet another avenue to farm user data. Yay! :)
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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