Steve Bryant says that Google is going to unveil “Google Docs” tomorrow. Docs will be a web app that combines all of Writely and Spreadsheets in a single place, letting you create text documents and spreadsheets from one product. Users will be able to publish their documents to their own websites, including blogs, and export to a bunch of file formats. This is smart, because it means Google won’t have to tack on collaborative features, it will just be one program that works well with itself. Many Microsoft Office users move back and forth between programs, and that doesn’t work well with web apps, so combining the two is a much better idea.
Don’t believe it?
Docs.google.com is 404 right now.
It has a favicon. Things that don’t exist usually don’t have their own icons.
Also, Writely has been taken down for “scheduled maintenance” at midnight tonight. The site may go up and down, so don’t bother trying to edit on it (although refreshing to check out Google Docs is alright), so they suggest watching the first game of the World Series.
UPDATE: TechCrunch just published an article titled, “Zoho Virtual Office Launching Tomorrow; Racing Google to Market“, yet the article makes almost no references to Google. Yeah, they know its coming. Skating that embargo, huh, Marshall?