Google today updated Google Docs with improved commenting support, making it easier to insert a comment and add a teammate to the conversation. At the same time, mobile commenting has been added to both Sheets and Slides on Android and iOS. You can download the latest versions now directly from Google Play (Docs, Sheets, and Slides) and Apple’s App Store (Docs, Sheets, and Slides).
First of all, commenting is always just a click or tap away. On the web version, you should now see a little floating bubble on the right hand side of the doc that lets you add a new comment.
Next, adding a teammate to a doc is as simple as typing their name in a comment box. Their email address will appear, and you just have to tap or click to include them in the conversation (previously you had to use the + button and go searching for the right contact).
Last but not least, Google has finally rounded out mobile commenting support. While Docs has had mobile commenting support since 2012, Sheets and Slides have only gained “the same rich commenting experience” on Android and iOS today.
Today happens to be National Chocolate Cake Day, so Google has taken the opportunity to promote today’s update with an incredibly forced video:
Here’s the backstory:
When Jim, one of the engineers on the Google Slides team, brought a zucchini chocolate cake into the office last week, we knew we had to get the recipe. So we asked him and his wife, Alison, to let us in on the family secret — just in time for National Chocolate Cake Day. They worked together in Slides (mobile commenting across Google Docs just launched today!) to perfect the recipe.
If you want to put zucchini in your chocolate cake, the recipe is available on Google Slides. Unfortunately, it’s shared as view-only, so you’ll have to keep your comments to yourself or resort to the basic chat function.