Google Drops Big Update On Productivity Tools

Google Docs, Sheets and Slides have been given a significant update with collaboration features the centrepiece of the update. The updates include improved versioning tools, the ability to quickly preview a clean version of a document, accepting or rejecting all edits in one go, and an option where Google can suggest document changes.

There are a bunch of other new features as well including new document templates and the integration of Google Cloud Search to make it easier to find the content you’re looking for.

These are all good moves and improve an already very solid product. But I wonder if Google is feeling the pinch.

Microsoft is pushing very hard to make Office 365 and their other cloud services the default decision for businesses and, while there is a strong core of users devoted to Google’s products, I’m seeing more and more large user groups, such as univerisities and schools either deploy Office 365 as their first foray into the world of subscription apps or shifting away from Google.

Office is still the lingua franca for business. Can Google change that? These new updates are a step in the right direction.

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