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06/12/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Google Docs Get Major Upgrade, Adds New Collaboration Features

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Google has upgraded its online package of word processing and spreadsheet programs so they work even more like the Microsoft applications with which they're competing.

The changes introduced Monday include several editing tools for word processing and quicker ways to fill cells in spreadsheets. The new features have long been staples in Microsoft's widely used Office suite of software.

Mashable describes the upgrade:

The result is a massive overhaul of Google Docs, including completely redesigned spreadsheet, document, and drawing editors, group chat functionality, and the ability to collaborate with real-time character-by-character mark-up, much like Google Wave. You can preview the new changes, starting today.

The one word that describes today's updates is collaboration. Google (Google) believes that "collaboration is broken": People make revisions to the same document, but one bad save by a late person can ruin the whole document. Thus Google's belief is that creating a browser version of collaboration software that bridges the gap between the desktop and the web is key to better collaboration and quicker innovation.

Google Inc. has been trying to lure users away from Microsoft Corp.'s products for several years in an effort to siphon revenue from one of its biggest rivals.

The main distinction between the two programs is that Google hosts its applications over the Internet while Microsoft's software is typically installed on individual computers.


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