Google rolled out a new feature for its online Google Docs suite yesterday: templates. Now, if you don’t like starting with a blank page, you can select New, From Template and start browsing their gallery. You’ll find hundreds of choices, from presentation designs to a runner’s log to resumes to meeting minutes. Google brought some partners into this deal – there are templates from TemplateZone, Vertex42, and others as well as ones developed in-house.
Overall, the templates seem to be well-executed, and no doubt we’ll start to recognize some Google presentation designs just as we used to recognize PowerPoint themes. But as Google continues to cram more functionality into Docs, they’re going to have to face the same dilemma as the established desktop office suites: how do you organize a large range of options so that users can easily find the 10% they need?