Google have launched Google Docs, yet another online application. Merging Google Spreadsheets with Docs (originally Writely, purchased by Google earlier this year), the service is being billed as “Google Docs & Spreadsheets”. Not the most imaginative of titles, but Google Office is sure to be upon us within the next twelve months.

I can’t help but wonder: is there really any demand for this? If you’re not interested in or and can’t afford to use Microsoft Office, there are numerous options available, including the very capable OpenOffice.

Google appear hell-bent on taking over the world: they know what you search for, they’d like to listen to your conversations, control your email, offer maps and satellite photography, productivity tools…. a digital Kim Jong il?

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