I’ve been waiting for the ability to edit Google Docs documents (text and spreadsheets) for a couple of years now. The appearance of the iPad in April and the inability to edit text documents and limited ability to edit spreadsheets has been a bit frustrating for a relatively heavy user of the service. Google finally enabled editing (of sorts) in mobile browsers yesterday.
Both my screenshot (to the left) and Google’s own demo (below) are a bit misleading. The bold and other formatting you see in both examples cannot be made in the mobile browser. They do, however, survive round-tripping between Google Docs in a full browser and in a mobile browser. There are no formatting commands in the mobile browser edit window.
But, don’t let my personal minor grumpiness detract from Google’s good news. This is definitely a step in the right direction. More are sure to come. Baby steps, baby steps first.
Video courtesy of Google