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Google Drive and Docs In 30 Minutes (2nd Edition), 2nd Edition by Ian Lamont

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Chapter Six

Collaboration

As a grad student, I often worked on group projects. “Collaboration” usually involved emailing Word and Excel attachments, or passing USB drives containing files to classmates. It was clumsy and difficult to manage. It was also prone to error and wasted effort if people independently opened and worked on copies of the same file.

Then someone showed me how to collaborate using the Share feature in Docs. I don’t recall what the report was about. But I vividly remember going to Google Docs, opening a document at the same time other students were working on it, and seeing their differently colored cursors moving around the screen, typing new words and making edits in real time. It was an epiphany.

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