Module 2: Emerging Technologies Tetrad


Google Docs

When thinking about word processing, previous conversations would easily universally present Microsoft Works as the epitome of a word processing culture and platform. The cost of Microsoft Office was an issue because companies were spending too much money to upgrade and keep this much needed software in order to meet multiple needs due to licensing (Farren, 2016). Google Docs is an online word processor that lets you create and format text documents while collaborating with other people in real time. Google Docs continues to support the benefit of cloud computing by offering a word processing format free and easy coupled with online accessibility due to it’s online format. As cloud computing continues to show favoritism as an acceptable technology, google docs is also changing the approach to research by offering one-stop application usage and multi-collaboration option.


  • Real Time collaboration
  • Free word processing applications
  • Universal syncing compatibility with other devices
  • Cloud computing


  • Microsoft office
  • Traditional word processing software


  • More advanced Concurrent Versioning System (CVS) and Subversion (SVN)
  • Regulated and more advanced Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)
  • More advanced Integrated Content Environment (ICE) so cross platforms of content can be intertwined


  • Standard software research documents
  • Standard word processing software
  • Dropbox and other paid applications for document transfer


Farren, C., (2016). Watch Your Assets. How to stop overpaying for Microsoft licensing. An
Independent View of Microsoft Software License Agreements.

Laureate Education (Producer). (2014). David Thornburg: McLuhan’s Tetrad [Video file].
Baltimore, MD: Author.

Strickland, J,. (2016). How Google Docs Works. How Stuff Works Tech.


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