The American giant Google is developing Google Docs by giving an additional function to the @ sign. A discreet addition that should simplify and optimize the use of the famous word processing service.
After the highly anticipated announcement of the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones, the American firm is making a more discreet announcement concerning its Google Docs utility. When we talk about office tools, we immediately think of Microsoft’s famous Office suite, but the G-suite, developed by Google, is a serious competitor to be reckoned with. With billions of active users each month according to Axios, the office automation solution of the Sundar Pichai firm is on the rise.
Google Docs is one of the most used applications in the suite and the document editor has offered a new practical function since October 19. The simple fact of using the sign “@” brings up a window with a list of proposals for people, elements (files, tables) or media to insert in the document. The at sign is therefore transformed into an intelligent aid aimed at improving user comfort and productivity. Google does not forget that its word processing tool is also very popular with professionals and regularly updates the application to improve its efficiency.
This option linked to @ is not a big novelty and is already used by popular applications like Slack, Twitter or Instagram. The at-sign offers the possibility of optimizing exchanges between people and attracting the attention of other users. On the other hand, Google is the only one to enrich this functionality with more diversified and relevant proposals linked to the user.
The @ sign brings up a menu with relevant proposals to enhance your documents. © Google
Google is using artificial intelligence linked to the wealth of its services to overshadow its competitors. Remember that the American firm has given itself the means to achieve its ambitions. In 2019, Google places at the head of its G-Suite, Javier Soltero, who is none other than a former Microsoft having previously worked on Cortana and Outlook.
The feature is gradually coming to users with access to the Quick Launch Channel. The Mountain View firm adds that the gradual deployment will begin from November 1.