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Google Docs Receives Next-Generation Commenting System

Google has updated its Google Docs service with a cloud based commenting system that brings a new level of collaboration to the platform.

According to the company, the new commenting system will let users discuss documents with a chat feature and leave comments, making it easier for them to collaborate on various projects and presentations.

Google Docs is Google's answer to Microsoft's Office productivity suite, which allows users to create, edit, share and store documents, spreadsheets and presentations on the cloud. Users are able to access their files from anywhere on any desktop and mobile device.

The update, which is available now for anyone with a Google account and Google Apps users on Rapid Release track, brings an improved discussion flow which will contain ownership and edit rights in individual comments. Each comment will also have a profile picture and time details.

Users will also be able to 'resolve' comments, which means that they will be able to hide comments from particular documents without deleting them. Google has also tweaked the system for sending notification emails to document owners if any new comment has been made on their documents.

“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 email 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,” the company said in a statement.