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Google Docs adds multi-user collaboration function

Google is adding more collaborative functionality to Google Docs, allowing multiple users to share notes and edit shared documents simultaneously.

According to Matthew Glotzbach, product management director of Google Enterprise, the "Discussion" feature in Google aims to shorten the feedback cycle.

The functionality is integrated with e-mail, allowing users to keep in touch with the changes.

Google has also introduced scheduled releases for enterprise users. IT departments can choose when to switch on new functionality. "Features are disabled until the enterprise is ready to upgrade," said Matthew Glotzbach.

 

In the Google Docs blog, Nick Cooper, a Google software engineer wrote: "We've been using this next-generation commenting system inside Google for several months and have seen it make the feedback cycle shorter and get more people involved. The combination of added structure and intuitive e-mail integration have really given life to the discussions that surround our documents, and we're excited for this new feature to do the same for you."

Google has been steadily building its enterprise business. Glotzbach says Google now has 3 million business using Google Apps. One of the most recent wins saw optician retailer Specsavers switching to Gmail instead of open source for its global email system.


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