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Spending as much time online as I do, Google is an integral part of my day to day routine. This is my top five list of Google apps:
- 5: Google Search
- Google Search has been the market leader for search for years now, and that is not a situation that looks like it is going to end anytime soon. Being the driving force behind many of their other apps, it clearly deserves a spot on this list.
- 4: Google Documents
- Using Google Documents means that most people can get away with not having any Office-suite installed, such as Microsoft Office, OpenOffice or others. It integrates excellently with Google Mail, and is, in my opinion, the best choice for Netbooks.
- 3: Google Calendar
- Google Calendar is a perfect example of how a web-based calendar should work. It is simple, intuitive, and allows you to create as many different calendars as you could wish for, as well as subscribing to other calendars.
- 2: Google Chrome
- The browser wars are definitely on, and one of the contenders is Google Chrome, running on WebKit. It is light-weight, and my second choice for browsers, beaten by Firefox, except for on my Netbook. It seems to run smoother than Firefox on low-end computers, and is yet another example of how a thing like tabbed browsing can be done. I also like the fact that there is no separate search field. Instead, search queries are prefixed “?” when you hit CTRL+K.
- 1: GMail
- As far as e-mail goes, GMail is the neatest thing since bread came sliced. It is intuitive, simple and quick, and the use of labels rather than folders makes retrieving messages simple. With the power of Google Search behind it, finding an email, more or less any email, is quick and simple.