Safari needs Google Docs support

Safari needs Google Docs support

Summary: I have to agree with many of you that chimed in on my article on why iPhone should remain closed that Apple needs to support Google Docs in Safari - specifically the Safari mobile variant that will ship with iPhone. The logic is that Google Docs support on iPhone obviates the need for a copy of Office, iWork or Docs To Go. For the uninitiated, Google Docs reads and writes Microsoft Word and Excel files.

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Safari Google Docs Support

I have to agree with many of you that chimed in on my article on why iPhone should remain closed that Apple needs to support Google Docs in Safari - specifically the Safari mobile variant that will ship with iPhone. The logic is that Google Docs support on iPhone obviates the need for a copy of Office, iWork or Docs To Go. For the uninitiated, Google Docs reads and writes Microsoft Word and Excel files.

I've been a huge fan of Google Docs since it launched and find it to be an indispensable part of my toolkit - in fact, it's replaced Microsoft Office in many instances. The problem is that gDocs still doesn't work with Safari. It's not a huge deal because you can use it with several other Mac browsers including Camino, Firefox, Mozilla and my favorite, Flock (a FireFox derivative). It's just ironic that Google's CEO sits on the Apple board yet the companies have almost zero integration.

For the iPhone to be viable Apple needs to provide tools to read and modify Word and Excel documents and until a mobile version of iWork is ready, Google Docs seems like a natural fit.

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  • It would be nice

    but it's more of a Safari needs to support Google Docs situation (at least I think). Safari, though, is a perfectly capable browser otherwise. I used it up until I *had* to use Google Docs for its spreadsheet and collaboration tools, then had to install Firefox. Which is fine by me. I would go back to Safari though, to give it more of a chance, if it does upgrade whatever it has to in order to get Google Docs to work (if that's indeed the case). Win/Win situation.
    Voodoo187
  • Viability and Target markets

    It really depends what market you're looking at. A lot of analysts seem to be immediately seeing the iPhone as comparable to a typical Smartphone, and therefore in a similar market, when to me it's quite clearly being pitched as a high-end consumer device.

    As an example - look at the conference calling demo. The example given is people arranging to meet up socially, not a business call, which would be the case if this was a business phone.

    I'm not sure what percentage of people are really asking for the ability to view and edit Office documents from their mobile, but I suspect Apple have actually done the market research in terms of what features 'normal' people are looking for. Of course it's frustrating to technically literate people who can see the potential of the device.

    That said, it would be nice if they could sort out the Safari/gDocs issue - shows you what a god-awful browser-dependent mess AJAX development is when even Google can't do it right.
    JulesLt
  • Awww! Who needs Microsoft!

    I am WAY to important to be a slave to Microsoft products. You want to reach me? You want to communicate? You will do what ever you have to and I can safely ignore Microsoft ;-)
    nomorems
  • reading more important than modifying

    Being able to read Microsoft Word documents, and PDFs for that matter is an important requirement.

    My Sidekick can do both now and all three of the generations of Sidekick that I have all could do so. The documents appear inline in email.

    Modifying is not important at all -- that is something I can do when back at my desktop with the benefit of a full keyboard and screen. Excel just isn't practical on my screen but might be better with the iPhone?
    lizinny
  • WHY IS THERE INCOMPATIBILITY?

    In the lab everything worked is what I'm seeing.Where are the Government standards here?Incompatible?LOL!
    BALTHOR
  • Google Docs in iPhone Safari?

    And who is going to willingly pay for all the airtime required by, say, composing a letter or navigating between documents online via their Cingular wireless data plan?

    Maybe with free via wifi and hotspots, Google Docs would stand a chance on the iPhone - but that's providing Cingular allows the proposed wifi capabilities to remain. I don't know of any wireless provider in North America that offers a wifi-enabled phone as part of their stable of products - and I'm not sure even The Stevo is that good a salesman that he convince Cingular to part with a [u]big[/u] income generator as data plans.
    MleB
  • Cart, meet horse

    Surely it's Google who need to add Safari support to their products, not the other
    way around. Your point is like saying "Apple needs to add Visio support to OS X".
    The browser is the platform, Google Docs is the application.

    The WebKit renderer, DOM and ECMA support is going to be a popular mobile
    platform, it is not limited to iPhone, it will be in Series60 and many other
    platforms.

    That said I'm more confused about the inability of the tech community to grasp
    the focus of iPhone. It is not a low end phone, it is not a buisiness phone yet
    everyone seems to be predicting it's death because it is too expensive or it doesn't
    have a native implementation of Sybase SQL Anywhere (c.f. editing Word Docs).

    The high price may kill iPhone v1, I'm sure Apple are already fixing this. Lack of
    business apps or installable applications will not.
    sockettrousers
  • Safari supports Google.docs even if Google doesnt' support Safari

    In Safari, go to the Debug menu, select User Agent then MS IE 6.0.

    [b]Ta da![/b]

    Google docs ready to go!! There may be a few things that still don't work, but a
    quick test shows it to work OK.
    Fred Fredrickson
  • RE: Safari needs Google Docs support

    Safari now works completely. Thanks Google Docs team!
    No "user agent" tweakage needed.
    warren.postma@...