Earlier this week, Google announced that its G Suite range of office applications is in line for a comprehensive update which will help improve version control and give users new options for collaboration. The new update will also bring fresh templates along with add-ons from Google’s partners such as LegalZoom, DocuSign, LucidChart and others.
According to Google, the update will enable users to name specific versions of a file in Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides. Google says that this gives enterprises the ability to differentiate between version tracks if they feel there are two possible outcomes for a project. Alternatively, it can also be used to differentiate the final version from drafts. Departments will be able to organize their account by named documents with a new option to ‘Only show named versions’ in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.
Discussing the new templates, Product Manager at Google, Birkan Icacan, wrote in a blog post:
These templates allow you to customize and deploy tools specific to your organization’s workflows. We’ve launched five examples of this in the general template gallery, like the new Mutual Non-disclosure agreement (NDA) template from LegalZoom and DocuSign. With this template, businesses can quickly create an NDA and collect signatures using the DocuSign Add-on for Docs. Bonus: it also automatically detects the required signature fields on the template, which saves even more time when you request signatures.
Google also says its Google Cloud Search is being integrated with Docs, Sheets and Slides through the Explore feature by using machine learning to find the right information to help users get work done.