Since the launch of Google Docs, it’s been obvious that Google is slowly constructing a full-scale online office suite. Even though Microsoft’s hold on the market is loosening, the vast majority of web-based office productivity applications still have a long way to go before they can replace their desktop counterparts. So far, Google is holding their ground against the web-based and desktop application competition, but there are still a lot of features missing from existing applications, and some applications have yet to materialize.
Gmail was launched in 2004, and Google Docs (including the word processor previously known as Writely, and an Excel-like application) was launched in 2006, but Google has only insinuated that they’re working on a task management application. If this suite of applications is going to seriously compete against any desktop-based office applications, task and project management will prove to be the cornerstone that will hold the suite together. Google Calendar, although very adept at helping me schedule my time, does not replace a task management application.
I have virtually abandoned Microsoft Outlook, but task management is one of the only things that forces me to launch it. Right now, it’s the easiest solution to get tasks to my Blackberry. Google has been very friendly with Remember the Milk, and it does sync with the Blackberry, iPhone, and iPod Touch. This could turn into a permanent relationship, and it would be immensely beneficial to the collective user base.
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