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As we become more and more dependent on computers to do our day to day work, we also become more and more dependent on companies that sell us their tools. In addition to the cost of purchasing a computer, we need to purchase productivity software like word processors and spread sheets. Luckily, Google has answered back with their Docs products.

Google Docs is a set of online productivity tools that don’t need to be downloaded, are collaborative, compatible with existing software standards, and are completely free.

Google Docs is a set of tools comprised of a word processor, a spreadsheet application, and a presentation creator. Each program operates inside the cloud, and can be used with any modern web browser. Users can login to the Google Docs account and create new documents, edit existing documents, and even share documents with others.

The word processing application allows users to create and edit documents containing rich text and multimedia, just like computer-based software packages. Users can use a variety of fonts, colors, and styles to create professional looking documents. They can even embed images and videos, affording well-known functionality at no cost.

The spreadsheet application contains all of the features you would expect from a spreadsheet. Users can create formulas, make graphs and charts, and even create elaborate documents like balance sheets and budgets. Again, all of the functionality of computer-based software packages are present.

The presentation application let’s you create high quality presentations, and play them directly from the web browser. Imagine working on your big speech at home, arrive at school or work without a laptop or disk, and just pull up your presentation on any available computer. That’s the power of making and giving presentations in the cloud.

Everything you create in Google Docs can be store in the cloud, making it accessible on any computer with an internet connection and a modern web browser. There’s no software to download, and software updates are seamless and invisible to the user. Users can even save the files to their hard drives and print them on any available printer. Schools are using Google Docs and saving thousands or even millions of dollars in software purchases each year.