Article 69: Google Desktop Apps

Google Desktop Apps

Welcome back to the Modern Nerd ladies and gentlemen. I want to share something interesting that I found this week, a rare backtrack by the internet giant Google as they have just introduced apps that do not require an internet connection. Let’s have a closer look at what this might mean for you, and how you can take advantage of these free features.

Not Always Online

All laptops and smartphones that are released today have wireless internet, that much is very obvious. However, access from anywhere remains costly on data plans. Not everyone has or can afford it. Trains, car trips, and other travelling doesn’t give you access to the internet all the time or even reliably. If you have writing to do, or work that you are using the Google alternative to Office for, you don’t necessarily need the internet.

Don’t Need the Internet – Or Microsoft Office

Google is taking a shot at replacing the need to purchase Office, with apps like Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Scratchpad, a generic version of Word, PowerPoint and Excel respectively, and a Google version of the Notepad. If you don’t have a license for Microsoft Office and your need for their utilities is limited, then this might be right up your alley. Currently these apps are available for free online, and if you decide to install the Google Desktop program, you can use them offline and since the apps are written in internet languages, they will sync across your devices when you do reconnect to the internet.

Not Just for Chromebook

Google’s affordable version of a laptop in the Chromebook does not have installed programs or anything but a web browser, so their release of the desktop apps are targeted at Microsoft Windows and Apple OSX operating systems, as long as the Chrome browser is installed. If you use the Docs or other Google document functions for sharing, collaborating, or anything else, then the desktop will help you extend this functionality, and have I mentioned that it’s free yet?


Thanks for reading guys. If you need these programs for your computer, then give these apps a look. They are available now, just type desktop apps into your Google search. Check out the blog over at the Computer Fixer to get all of our content, updated every week. Like our page on Facebook or subscribe to the mailing list to get updates as they go live.

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