Google Docs Overview Updated October 29, 2018

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Google Docs originated from web-based word processor Writely. The app would lay the groundwork for such common features as collaborative text editing. Eventually acquired by Google, it was made available to all Google Apps users in February of 2007.

The marquee feature of Docs is the ability to collaborate with a wide number of people online. Controls help determine who can see, comment, and edit documents. In its current form, Docs is an HTML5 app that runs on most modern browsers and even has support for rudimentary viewing on mobile. Its Android and iOS apps are quite powerful and gives users access to the same web functionality.

On Chrome, Docs works offline and allows users to work without an internet connection and have changes synced backed up to the cloud. An Add-ons feature allows third-party developers to add extra functionality like a thesaurus and a bibliography creator.

Google Docs Stories October 29

Activity dashboard in Google Docs, Sheets, & Slides updated w/ Google Material Theme

Earlier this year, Google introduced an Activity dashboard in Docs, Sheets, and Slides that allowed users to easily keep track of file history. Like Google Drive, it’s now gaining the Google Material Theme with a redesigned interface on the web.

Google Docs Stories October 25

Google launches ‘․new’ links for instantly creating blank Google Docs, Sheets & more

Google took to Twitter today to introduce a small but useful feature that makes it easier than ever to create a Google Doc. By merely visiting a series of ‘.new’ URLs, such as ‘docs.new’ or ‘slide.new’, users will immediately be taken to a new blank document.

Google Docs Stories September 12

Grammarly adds Google Docs support in beta for all users this week

Grammarly is one of the best proofreading tools you can use today, and now after a limited launch, the tool is adding Google Docs support for all users…

Google Docs Stories August 22

Besides the Google Material Theme, Gmail added a number of productivity features with its revamped web version in April. Today, the “quick-access side panel” that provides convenient access to Keep, Tasks, and more is making its way to other G Suite web apps like Docs and Calendar.

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Google Docs Stories August 7

With the new school year almost underway, Google is launching a number of education features across its products. Many were announced earlier this year and are coming out of beta, including a big revamp to Google Classroom, formating updates for Google Docs, and a suite of new AR/VR features.

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Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

Google Docs Stories July 24

At Cloud Next 18, Google announced a number of machine learning-powered updates for G Suite. Smart Reply is now coming to Hangouts Chat and Smart Compose is now available for all G Suite customers, while Google Docs will now offer “grammar suggestions.”

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