Google announced that Docs is now officially integrated into the core Google+ Hangouts experience by allowing users to collaborate on documents from within a hangout. The feature essentially adds video chat capabilities to the web-based Google Docs experience. Up until now, the feature was only accessible through “Hangouts with extras,” an opt-in preview of scrennsharing, Sketchpad, and Google Docs integration. To use the new feature, simply click the “Docs” button during your hangout. The other features included in the preview have not yet been switched on for all users.

To try it out, just click on the new “Docs” button inside your hangout:

– you can add an existing document, or upload a new one

– added documents are available as a list on the left-hand side

– you can switch between and collaboratively edit multiple documents at once