Google has just released a much improved version of Google docs with big changes focused on significantly improving document collaboration in Docs. The new features include real-time, character-by-character editing for multiple users (much like Google wave), as-you-type spell check, a new commenting system, and more.
A new Drawing editor has been introduced and will be rolled out to everyone by the end of the day. You can also now collaborate simultaneously with up to 50 users, which is huge, regardless of the need to collaborate with so many people at a time. Here is how it looks like
Following new features have been added to the web editor which now makes you feel like working on a word processor-
- Ruler with tab stops
- Floating images
- Spell check as you type
- New commenting system
Go to Settings > Document Settings to enable the new document editor. Spreadsheets have also gotten a hefty upgrade: new features include auto-complete, the ability to drag-and-drop columns, and faster load times. The best one though, is probably autofill.
Check out the comparison chart released by Google on how Google docs fares against Microsoft Office 2010-
These updates look like a big and important step forward for using Google Docs as a collaboration tool, but still lacks the raw power and deep feature set of MS office, but one might not always need those power set of tools. In that case Google docs is best suited for you. Check out the video demo explaining the new features of Google docs