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Google Docs' Spreadsheet App Having Issues But Not Down Yet

The migration to the new Google Docs user interface is apparently having some teething issues as a number of users are reporting having trouble accessing the spreadsheet module of the company's online office apps.

The other applications: word processing, presentation and drawing, do not seem to be affected at present. A few users reported that Google Docs was down yesterday but things have apparently got worse since this morning with users from as far as Poland reporting that Google is either throwing up 502 errors, running slow, displaying "trying to reach Google.com", or preventing users from editing a particular field, all in a rather erratic way.

It is unknown whether the trouble was linked to Google's surprise transition across all its services to the new user interface, that saw the online giant roll out a few updates featuring a black top bar and an overall online experience that hinges on three key principles; focus, elasticity and effortlessness.

We've pinged @Googledocs and are awaiting an answer from them; in the meantime, you can always keep track of what's going on through Twitter (using the #googledocs (opens in new tab)) or as one user suggests, download the document and edit it offline (assuming you have an editor), so much for cloud computing.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.