PORTLAND, Ore. Google upgraded its free Google Docs service this week to allow any document type to be uploaded, essentially making it a poor-man's cloud computer that offloads both the storage of files and their processing using computing resources that are accessed through a web-based interface.
Google Docs allows anyone to upload and process word processing, spreadsheet and presentation documents using a simple web-based interface. After the documents have been created, they are stored indefinitely "in the clouds" on Google's secure servers, which are accessible from any web-browser worldwide.
|Google Docs acts as a poor-man's cloud computer by storing users files for wordprocessing, speadsheets and presentations using web-based interface.|
The poor-man's cloud computer allows documents stored there to be exported at any time in common formats that allows offline accessing with word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as most other common formats.
Other data types, such as pictures, graphics, even "raw" image formats, can also be uploaded and stored for later retrieval from any computer on the Internet. Google Docs gives users 1-Gbyte of free cloud storage and charges 25 cents for additional Gbytes of storage (for instance, 20Gbytes is $5 per year).