Collaborating is one of the quintessential of drafting an article and I personally stick to Google Docs for that. First things first, Google Docs can be accessed on any of my machines including my smartphone and the possibility of real-time collaboration increases the productivity. One of the mild shortcomings of any word processor has been that users need to copy/paste the contents of the documents onto the CMS before publishing and this can turn out to be time to consume at times.
Google and WordPress have jointly decided to eliminate this bottleneck and have readied an add-on which will post directly from the Google Docs to the WordPress. What this does is that it allows writers to create, edit and publish their story right from the Google Docs without the need to transfer the contents to WordPress. The best part is that the Google Docs can also be saved as a draft in the WordPress blog.
The new feature can be accessed by any blogs that run on wordpress.com and custom domains can simply make use of the jetpack extension. Obviously, the CMS needs to be authorized by the site admin before you can start using it with the Google Docs. Another big incentive is the fact that the formatting remains same, so no more fiddling with the HTML after copy/pasting your stuff on the WordPress. Since the add-on taps into Google’s Online service, it will be available across all browsers and will mostly be platform agnostic. It’s also worth mentioning that apart from the Plugin one would not need to install any other third party add-on whatsoever.
The caveat, however, is that it will be only available for WordPress and Google Docs if you are used to Microsoft Office Online, sorry. The add-on needs to be installed from the Google Web Store and once that’s was done you need to authorize the same on the authorization screen. The source code for the wordpress.com add-on can be accessed from the GitHub.