ARS Technica writes Google is going to release developer APIs for it's web-based word processing and spreadsheet applications:
Google product manager Jonathan Rochelle revealed last week that the search company plans to release developer APIs for its web-based word processing and spreadsheet applications, potentially enabling independent software developers to incorporate support for Google's services as a collaboration layer for desktop office programs. Rochelle told CBR, "we definitely want to build out APIs, especially for the spreadsheets side, as spreadsheets are more data-oriented, but maybe also for the word processor."
One of Google's goals is to facilitate mashups-- rich web applications that use powerful Ajax techniques to combine features from multiple web services. Rochelle hopes that users will be able to leverage the API to create additional services that complement the functionality presently implemented by Google. With the API, users will be able to work around potential limitations in the services and find creative new ways to benefit from Internet collaboration technology.