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What is Google Docs?

"Google Docs is a free Web-based application in which documents can be created, edited and stored online."

Google Docs is a word processor that is offered by Google as part of their free, web-based software office suite.
Google Docs is one of many cloud computing document-sharing services The suite allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating with other users in real-time
The suite is tightly integrated with Google Drive. All files created with the apps are by default saved to Google Drive.


Google Docs scored 93/100 (Top 3 in Document Management) in the Document Management category. This is based on user satisfaction (91/100), press buzz (66/100), and other relevant information on Google Docs gathered from around the web.

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Google Docs Product Overview

  • Work can be published as a Web page or as a print-ready manuscript.

  • Google Docs is a simple file-and-folder system. Users can create folders and subfolders for all their files.

  • The application supports opening and exporting two ISO standard document formats: OpenDocument and Office Open XML.

  • Google Docs serves as a collaborative tool for multiple users editing documents in real time.

  • Documents can be created, imported or sent.


Languages: English

Google Docs Pricing Plans


Other pricing information:

Google Docs is free for individuals, but has fees for business starting at $5/month.

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Google Docs FAQs

Does Google Docs offer an API?

It offers APIs.

Does Google Docs offer multi-user capability? (e.g. teams)

Users own a particular document, but documents can be shared, opened, and edited by multiple users simultaneously.

What is Google Docs generally used for?

This service is used for creating, editing, sharing, and storing documents online.

What platforms does Google Docs support? (e.g. native mobile apps)

The service is officially supported on recent versions of the Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Chrome browsers running on Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X, and Linux operating systems.
The three apps are available as web applications, as Chrome apps that work offline, and as mobile apps for Android and iOS. The apps are compatible with Microsoft Office file formats.

What are some applications Google Docs is commonly used in tandem with?

It is mostly used in tandem with Google Chrome web browser.

Does Google Docs integrate with any other apps?

It can be integrated with web browsers, mobile apps, and other applications.

Does Google Docs offer guides, tutorials and or customer support?

It offers a help center, video tutorials and guides.

Who are the main user groups of Google Docs?

Google Docs is ideal for publishing within an enterprise, maintaining blogs or composing work.

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Google Docs User Reviews

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4.56 /5 based on 877 user ratings.
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Collaboration for student success

(5/5) (District Staff Development Coordinator at Ramapo Indian Hills High School District)

What do you like about Google Docs?

Google Docs has since changed the game in education. It has helped students and teachers to collaborate, share, and manage documents anytime, anyplace. Teachers can both work with their students, helping compile, edit, and publish documents while also managing student work. The ability to share and leave comments, collaborate live, and publish to the web has been a tremendous advantage in education. But the ability to extend Google Doc's capabilities with add-ons has been another great benefit with add-ons such as Easybib, LucidChart, and Kaizena.

What do you dislike about Google Docs?

Not much honestly. Being an online based application, you need to have internet connection to work on documents. But, Google does give you the ability to "work offline" within their Drive app. Some minor page formatting options normally associated with Word are also missing. However, a lot of things go unnoticed and I believe Google is going after simplicity.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Google Docs solve?

To foster collaboration between teacher and among students. We have also been using Google Docs to foster more blended learning online, and Google Docs has helped us continue to become more digital/paperless.


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