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Google Docs
In February 2007, Google Docs was made available to Google Apps users. Google Docs is a free, Web-based office suite, and data storage service offered by Google. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users.

Although the first eReaders were available in 1998, consumer interest did not peak until Amazon launched Kindle. In November 2007, Amazon offered the Kindle eReader for sale for the first time, which sold out in less than six hours and would remain out of stock for the next five months. The First Kindles cost US$399 and could hold about 200 eBooks. In September 2011, Amazon released a base Kindle, costing a mere US$79, with a capacity of 1500 eBooks. Free Kindle software apps are also available for the iPad, Windows and Mac computers, as well as Apple iPhone and Google Android and BlackBerry smartphones.

Apple's iPhone, running on Apple's iOS operating system, were both released in June 2007, making available a line of Internet and multimedia-enabled smartphones with a virtual keypad and a virtual keyboard that would set the standard for smartphones going forward. As of June 2011, Apple's iOS operating system was installed on over 200 million devices.

In November 2007, Google released Android, an operating system for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. Android is the only direct competitor to Apple's iPhone and is raising the bar daily. For example, unlike the iPhone, Android phones can swap batteries when power is low, upgrade memory when storage is low, run Adobe Flash, and Google never charges for Google-created Android Apps. As of May 2011 there were more than 100 million activated Android devices.