Google Docs, free for everyone, offers an Office suite-like program and provides one of the best collaborative features. If you are editing a document with a group of people, then Google Docs provides an excellent solution.
Google Docs was officially launched October 2006, and since then its users have been steadily increasing and have reached 500,000 unique visitors every month, based on Alexa figures.
Google Docs visitors trend.
Google Docs has an office suite of applications similar to Microsoft Office -- it offers documents (Word), spreadsheets (Excel) and presentations (PowerPoint). Google Docs may not be comprehensive like Office, but it still has the essential programs and more programs will be added to this package soon.
If you are a business owner, you can use Google Apps that has Google Docs, Gmail, Google Pages and many other applications. Then use can coordinate them with Outlook, Mobile, and with different computers.
The video shows some of the highlights of Google Docs. Instead of sending files as mail attachments several times back and forth, one can share it online and edit documents anytime, any computer (or Operating systems), and anywhere. You can either make the document for view purposes only or you can allow others to edit the documents. There is no software to download just an internet connection is required.
I use Google Docs with my clients; it helps us both view and edit the documents anytime. The clients can check up the inventory levels, tracking information, invoice amounts, etc., instead of updating them with a new email attachment several times.
And it is an excellent backup tool. Google Docs saves the document every minute. Imagine you type a whole document and the computer crashes. With Word, you have to retype the whole document again. With Google Docs at least you can have the last version that was saved just before your computer crashed.