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Real-Time Collaboration The most distinguishing feature of Google Docs is that it enables simultaneous


editing by multiple users at the same time. If you and another collaborator are editing the same document at the same time, a box with the name of the collaborator appears at the top of the screen. As your collaborators make changes, you'll see their edits in real time. It’s also very easy to set up a chat window with other editors within the document. This feature allows for additional exchanges to take place concurrently with the writing process. Figure 3.1 below shows a screen shot of this feature.


Fig. 3.1: Screen Shot of Editing Features in Google Docs


Automatic Version Control Collaboration is also enhanced by the automatic version control embedded in the


application--a feature that has been missing from the last several revisions of Microsoft Word. While the version control in Google Docs is far from perfect, the application does keep a complete history of all changes while still allowing everyone to be working on a single up-to-date copy. Google versioning also provides multiple levels of automatic backup. The revision history feature enables the group or original author to revert back to an older version of the document, if necessary. This feature also allows you the ability


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