The Google Docs team shared the new feature from their Google+ page.
Last year we launched Hangouts with extras as a way to preview certain hangout features. (http://goo.gl/yXhB1) Google Docs integration was one such extra, and the 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.
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
As always, let us know what you think in the comments, or via the “Send feedback” button!
One of the most exciting features of Google Docs is the ability, even from your smartphone, to collaborate - create - in real time! This incredible ability now comes to Google+ Hangouts. Hangouts allow up to 10 people to video chat - it's a ton of fun, if you haven't tried it yet give it a try today.
How is this feature useful? Well, let's say you're launching a new product or service pricing strategy. Hangouts and Docs allow you to have your face to face meeting with your team regardless of their geographic location and Docs integration allows the questions, thoughts, and decisions to be documented by the entire team. Gone are the days of sending out a document or spreadsheet with the, "please have your feedback to me by next week". Get it done now, together as a team!
To get this new feature you'll need to buy the new desktop version of the software and upgrade your server software and hardware ... oops, sorry must be a hangover from the Microsoft days. These new features are coming to a Google Apps domain near you, no upgrade required! Isn't cloud computing great?
Have you tried this new feature yet? What do you think?