Google had a productive week after enabling Drive users to access Microsoft Office documents, partnering with other technology firms to create the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, and backing Samsung in the Korean company's patent tussle with Apple.
Google also added a travel tracking feature to Google Maps, but was snubbed by Apple, which pulled Google's Nest products from its online and physical shops.
Google Drive plug-in lets users sync Microsoft Office files
Google now allows users of the Drive cloud storage and productivity app to access documents created using any Microsoft Office application.
The move suggests that Google wants to work more closely with, rather than against, its technology rivals in the enterprise market.
Google and partners announce Cloud Native Computing Foundation as Kubernetes hits v1.0
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation is a partnership between Google, the Linux Foundation and various other firms with an interest in promoting containers, notably Docker, CoreOS Docker, Red Hat, IBM, VMware and Intel.
Google updates Maps with Timeline for travel tracking
Google added a Timeline feature to its maps software that taps into local information to plot events and locations so that people can track their travel history.
The feature could enable workers and employers to keep a note and a map of their important locations and destinations, so they can save time and stress getting to meetings or appointments.
Facebook, Google, HP and Dell back Samsung in Apple patent case
The tech companies, along with eBay, networking firm Limelight Networks and retailer NewEgg, filed a ‘friend of the court' amici curiae with the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on 1 July, which came to light on 21 July.
The briefing argued that a fine handed down to Samsung in the case against Apple could have serious implications for the rest of the technology market as it has applied the damages costs to the entire device, rather than just the areas infringed.
Apple yanks Google Nest from online and retail stores
The Telegraph reported that Apple has pulled Google's Nest thermostats from its stores and online shop, as the firm seeks to promote its own HomeKit home automation software.
Google will no doubt look to rival the move with its own Internet of Things operating system, Brillo, which aims to be Google's play for the connected device market.
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