Google announced the launch of new apps for Docs, Sheets & Slides for iPhone and iPad. The Slides app for iOS is brand new, and the Docs and Sheets apps are getting significant updates.
The apps enable users to work with any file from these devices. Any changes made from any device is saved automatically, and offline editing is built in. Changes made offline are synced when a connection is regained. You can also edit Office files directly from the new apps.
"Our phones and tablets help us get things done at work, but sometimes, you’re on the subway with no reception and need to update your spreadsheet before you get to the client’s office," says software engineer Li-Wei Lee on the Google Enterprise blog. "Or you desperately need to make edits to your marketing strategy PowerPoint before you present, but you only brought your iPad to the meeting. We’ve all been there, but now there’s a way out."
"According to SoftWatch about 80 percent of Office licenses are only lightly used, with many employees only working with Office for a handful of minutes a day or not at all," says Lee. "If you still have the occasional need, Google has you covered. Use Docs, Sheets and Slides to open up a contract that’s been saved in Word without converting the file, and copy over the crucial figures to an Excel spreadsheet from the client to do some number-crunching on your iPad. Then quickly pop those calculations over to the PowerPoint deck before you walk into a sales meeting, all from whichever device is most convenient. And if you want to collaborate in real-time with your colleagues, you can simply convert these old Office files into Docs, Sheets or Slides and start working together immediately. You’ll even be able to make edits when you’re offline, whether you’re using the app on your phone or tablet, or Chrome on your laptop."
The new functionality was previously available for Android.
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