Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Office 2.0

Okay - so I am really behind on the lessons. Let me explain (make excuses). I have been unable to post using Firefox and so am going to try a different browser to see if that is the issue. And then I have been on vacation for most of the last 2 weeks for my son's wedding and then a trip to the Hills. But I am going to try to get caught up before all the craziness of the semester starts.

Google Docs is awesome! I currently use Google Docs for some of my personal documents. I love that have I have access to them from anywhere and do not have to be at home if I need the information.

For this lesson, I uploaded an Excel spreadsheet that I had developed for work. I was able to publish it to the web and if I wanted, I could give out the web address to anyone that needed to see or use the information. This document is something that I print off for my student workers and have them fill in as they complete the task assigned. I could make this information available on the web and get rid of the paper form. The form function was very easy to use and would allow me to ask for input from my co-workers.

A drawback to Google Docs is that one does not have all of the functionality and formatting that is available in Excel. But the fact that I can access my information from anywhere more than makes up for some of those shortcomings.

I am not familiar at all with Zoho so I am looking forward to looking at it more closely when I have more time. It appears, from the quick look that I did take at the site, that Zoho offers more options than Google Docs and may have what I am feel is lacking from Google Docs.

Hmmmmm - will have to check it out! And possibly switch my documents over to Zoho?


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