The new feature lets users have ongoing threaded conversations within a document using time stamps.

Today, Google has rolled out a new feature that allows users to discuss shared documents in real-time, a move which makes Google Docs a more appealing option both to workers and the everyday consumer. The company is building off the strength of its cloud-based approach by recognizing how its users are increasingly becoming accustomed to instant online conversation.

How does the real-time integration work? Ongoing threaded conversations can be held within a document using time stamps with profile pictures and @mentions, just like on Facebook. Anyone can easily be added to the conversation, and the conversation can be removed from view on the document with the resolution of an issue. This new discussion feature is no doubt part of Google’s ongoing effort to dethrone Microsoft Office as the leader in productivity applications because the upgrade’s aim is to resolve issues much faster for its users.

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