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Google Docs does the wave

Do you miss Google Wave? Judging by the adoption rate of that ill-fated service, probably not. But for those who were fans of Google’s attempt at ... whatever Wave was ... Google Docs has made some practical, Wave-like changes today that you’ll appreciate.

Comments now appear as streams and with timestamps and user profiles. You can add people to the conversation by using @mentions, as you do in Twitter. The new features also work with your e-mail so you get notifications about discussions in Docs and can reply from e-mail.

In a blog post explaining the changes, Google engineer Nick Cooper said that the features will only be available in new documents for those users who have the company’s new “rapid release” track for Google Apps.

Check out the video from Google to get a good look at what the new system can do and give us your thoughts in the comments:

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.


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