Google Docs Overview Updated January 15, 2019

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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 January 15

Google Drive was one of the first web apps to adopt the Google Material Theme last May and now a similar redesign is rolling out to the core Docs, Sheets, and Slides productivity services on the web, as well as Google Sites.

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Google Docs Stories January 7

Google Drawings can now be embedded into Google Docs and easily updated

In addition to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, G Suite touts other productivity apps like Google Forms and Sites. Google Drawings will soon feature improved Google Docs integration by allowing a direct and updating embed.

Google Docs Stories January 3

[Update: Forms] 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 October 29, 2018

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 September 12, 2018

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, 2018

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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