google-docs-group-projectsGoogle has announced that its online word processor Docs just got a little better for team collaboration, with a new feature that allows users to share entire folders.

This is a nice tweak — previously, you could invite users to collaborate with you on individual documents, but not on an entire group of documents in a folder. Google says this is the most-requested feature improvement in Docs.

For example, I do almost all of my VentureBeat-related writing in Docs, and it can be a pain to repeatedly invite the same team members to different documents, and it also creates lots of opportunities for “Oh wait, did I invite you to that doc?” forgetfulness. If I could, say, create a folder for stories that need editing, and another for team documents, then share those folders with the right people, it would make things a lot easier. I could imagine this being true more generally, say if you’ve got a set of documents related to a project that an entire team is working on.

Google is also easing the path to bringing documents in other formats into Docs, by adding an “upload” page where you can upload a bunch of documents at once. And as part of the new changes, the home page has been given a little redesign, so that folders show up more prominently, and there’s a big “upload” button above them.

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