Google Raises the Cloud Apps Bar With Powerful New Docs Features
NEWS ANALYSIS: In its never-ending battle for dominance in the cloud applications market, Google has brought some powerful and mobile-friendly new features to Google Docs.Imagine a voice dictation system that actually works for more than short messages. Imagine that it could even transcribe a long conversation or a brainstorming session. That's been a sort of Holy Grail for voice dictation for a long time. But now it appears that Google has managed to pull it off. However it turns out that voice dictation is just one of the major new features to come out of the new release of Google Docs announced on Sept. 2. Google also announced a new Research function and a new Explore function. Research is designed to integrate the process of search with the ability to cut and paste, so that you can, for example, add details from an online encyclopedia to a paper you're writing on a tablet—along with photos—and do it all quickly and easily with a minimum of touch actions.
Explore is designed to make sense of data that you've stored in the Google Sheets spreadsheet app and to display it in a way that makes sense. Of course, that data still has to get into the spreadsheet somehow and you still have to tell Explore what data you want to look at, but according to the details released by Google today, the rest is automatic.