Google adds discussions to Google Docs

Borrows from Google Wave and Buzz
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Google has added discussions to the internet giant's range of cloud applications in Google Docs.

Annoucing the new move on the Google Docs Blog, Google software engineer Nick Cooper said: "Today, we’re updating comments in Google Docs to facilitate rapid and seamless discussions and integrate with email in an intuitive way."

The new comments system appears to borrow from Google's previous social efforts such as the defunct Google Wave and the more successful Google Buzz by including profile pictures, time stamps and @name mentions.

Rather than becoming retroactively available, the discussion update only becomes available on newly created documents. 

Google appear to have learned from Wave and have added the ability to alter ownership and edit rights, as well as the Buzz-like notification settings so document collaborates can choose how they would like to be updated about new comments or threads.

"We've been using this next-generation commenting system inside Google for several months and have seen it make the feedback cycle shorter and get more people involved," said Cooper.

"The combination of added structure and intuitive email integration have really given life to the discussions that surround our documents, and we're excited for this new feature to do the same for you."

The feature will roll out over the next few days to users of Google Docs in personal Google accounts as well as Google Apps customers on the "rapid release track" program.

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