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Google Docs integration has graduated from extras, and is now a regular Hangouts feature available for everyone. For smaller teams of ten members or less, Google Hangouts is a wonderful collaboration tool in real time, and with Google Docs collaboration becoming a core feature on Google Hangouts, this could get a serious boost.

The new intergation means that aside from regular video and audio conferences, Hangout participants can upload and share various Google Docs, and edit them collaboratively as the meeting progresses. Try it out by launching a Hangout and clicking on the new Docs button. From there on you can:

  • Add an existing document, or upload a new one.
  • View uploaded documents in the left side of the window.
  • Choose to toggle between and collaboratively edit multiple documents at once.

Google Docs integration was a available as preview feature since last year, along with screen sharing and sketchpad. Robin Schriebman from Google shared the update on Google+ and mentioned:

Google+ community has used it for all sorts of awesome — from trip planning and lecture notes to doodling and charades. Today I’m happy to announce that we’re graduating Google Docs to the core Hangouts experience for all users.

Potential uses could range from recording minutes on a Google Doc or working collaboratively on a term project, deciding on an itinerary, or just taking down impromptu notes. The Google Docs integration has certainly placed video conferencing on steroids. Do you agree?

Source: Google Plus

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  1. Onaje Asheber
    March 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Great! But how long?

  2. Alemseged Alemayehu
    March 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I want to download GoogleEarth software

  3. Nevzat A
    March 18, 2013 at 7:07 am

    It looks like nobody trusts Google 100% anymore. G.Reader ruined it all.

    • Kamran Mackey
      March 18, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      Why are you talking about Google Reader? It's dead. Feedly is a great alternative: http://feedly.com

      • Saikat Basu
        March 18, 2013 at 10:22 pm

        Nevzat is talking about the perception of trust we had with Google...not particularly about Google Reader.

  4. imota
    March 18, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Google Docs collaboration in Hangouts (Geogle+) is great for students. Teachers should rejoice as well. Students can work collaboratively on a project, exchange ideas, brainstorming, editing, etc. Also business people can benefit from it.

  5. Georg Portenkirchner
    March 17, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    But only until Google is closing down Google Docs!

    • Saikat Basu
      March 18, 2013 at 4:50 am

      That is unlikely to happen. They will have to close down all Chromebook manufacturing plants and a lot of other things as well :)

    • suneo nobi
      March 18, 2013 at 5:58 am

      God knows what google plans next!

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