Google’s suite of social tools, referred to as Google+, continues to kick out new features for all of its services.
Today, the Google+ team announced that sharing Google Docs within Hangouts is now available for all users:
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
Here’s what the feature looks like within a Google+ Hangout:
The features available for Google+ Hangouts make working with those who are scattered around the globe simple, and Google Docs integration is the perfect addition to go along with screensharing. Being able to go back and forth within a work document while carrying on a video conversation is a huge step forward for digital workplaces.