I think Microsoft hit a Google nerve. Just weeks after Microsoft posted new mobile tools for its office suite, Google comes back with handy mobile apps for each of its Google Drive tools – Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
The Drive app is still around and still a handy place to store your stuff but the individual mobile apps make it easier to find, edit, and create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Starting today, you can download standalone mobile apps for Docs and Sheets – with Slides apparently coming soon.
So. Need to mess with a document? Go to straight to the Docs app. Need to find a spreadsheet? Head over to the Sheets app. When you open the new apps, you’ll see your most recently edited files, which means less time searching and scrolling. You still get the total package of collaborating with others in your documents.
And I like that the apps also come with offline support built in, so you can easily view, edit and create files without an Internet connection. You and your kids can brainstorm and create ideas in the apps on your phone or iOS device, even when offline. This makes all sorts of sense in a classroom setting where internet access can be dicey or when you assign work for kids to do away from the school’s high-speed interwebs.
This also seems like an easy way to integrate content between apps in the iOS world.