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Google Docs Sheets and MORE is Now Real Time!

Google docs takes it to the next level with an announcement on their blog this morning. We are not talking about a face-lift but a back end renovation enabling the new preview versions of Google Docs, Sheets and new standalone drawings editor (pending abbreviated Googly nickname) to collaborate in real time. This refocused perspective on speed and collaboration is better illustrated in this video:

A better document editor
The real-time editing experience we have all been looking for and subconsciously wishing for from Google spreadsheets and documents is here, which means you can now see character-by-character changes as other collaborators make edits. Google also added another popular feature to spreadsheets: sidebar chat, so you can discuss documents as you work on them with colleagues.The new technical foundation also helped Google improve document formatting, which means better import/export fidelity (phew!), actual margins and much more, not to mention improved image layout tools within documents.
A faster spreadsheet editor
With the new spreadsheets editor, spreadsheets load faster, are more responsive and scroll more seamlessly. Google has also added a formula bar for cell editing, auto-complete, drag and drop columns, and simpler navigation between sheets. And as always, real-time collaboration in spreadsheets is easy with sidebar chat and the ability to see which cell each person is editing.A new collaborative drawing editor
Google also launched collaboration capabilities in the drawing editor also making them accessible directly from the docs list. The new standalone editor allows you to collaborate in real time on flow charts, designs, diagrams, this functionality has huge potential for creating process flow diagrams within companies by allowing more than one person a marker at the white board if you will. Furthermore, you can copy these drawings into documents, spreadsheets and presentations using the web clipboard, or share and publish drawings just like other Google Docs.
With this latest breakthrough, we can only imagine the string of fantastic updates to follow.

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