When I wrote the first blog Google Apps vs. Microsoft Office Live (https://geekatwork.wordpress.com/2010/03/03/google-apps-vs-microsoft-office-live/), I only compared their website hosting features. There is another important feature that both apps support – online document sharing. The difference, if we limit our comparison to the Microsoft Office document types, including Word, Excel, Power Point, is that for Microsoft Offlice Live, it’s only a place holder to store those documents, and if you need to edit it, you will have to download them and open them up with Microsoft Office installed on your local PC, while in Google Apps, an online web based editing tool is provided for you to create and change the documents.
Both apps support document versioning which makes online sharing possible, and I gave google the check because of the real time editing capability. I was about to write something about how Google should push the limit and implement real time shared editing, meaning providing support to multiple users working on a same document at the same time, and Google did it.
Well, sort of…
Yesterday, Google anounced that it has bought a company http://www.docVerse.com, which support simutaneous online document editing.
Let me spend the rest of my Saturday evening with some beer and leave the story for tomorrow, but congratulations to the docVerse team, who spent less than three years, and get themselves a deal of $25 million dollars. Good job!
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The beer talk last night with a former Microsoft employeee who still keeps up with the latest and greatest of Microsoft gave me a piece of information that I should have used to add some drama to this blog. Office 2010, which is set to be released on May 12, 2010 (http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/businessproductivity/proof/pages/2010-launch-events.aspx#fbid=hKA77UZzxQD) include the online shared editing feature. Doc Verse would become a dead application, but it ended up a winner because of the competition between the two software giants.