Google mulls tighter link between Gmail and Docs

By , IDG News Service |  Software

"The calendar and contact manager in Google Apps are pathetic," said Gilmore, who signed up in February for Google Apps, the broader communications and collaboration suite which includes Docs & Spreadsheets, Gmail, Calendar and other products.

Beyond the Gmail and Talk integration plans, Google also sees opportunities for integrating Docs & Spreadsheets with other Google products, such as the Picasa photo management application, Schillace said. "That's going to be a general trend: all the apps are going to start tying together more and more, in ways that make sense," he said.

It would also make sense at some point to open up APIs (application programming interfaces) for the word processing program, as was done for the spreadsheet application, he said. From the beginning, Writely users have requested the ability to integrate it with other applications, like CRM (customer relationship management) systems, or build a program around it, in mashup fashion, he said.

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