Perhaps in a cheeky move to steal a little Blackberry thunder, Google Drive updated forms today to allow for real-time collaboration. Was this a calculated attack alongside Samsung, or just Google doing their own thing? Either way, it’s a welcome addition, rounding out Google Drive nicely.
A feature already available on their other services like Docs, Sheets, and Slides, bringing collaboration to Forms was timely for a number of reasons. First, information from forms can be sent to a spreadsheet pretty easily, so having one service be collaborative and not the other made no sense. It also brings a more fluid feel across all of Google Drive’s services, so dedicating yourself to a Drive environment is much more attractive. Whether it be for everyday life or your business needs, Google Drive is coming a long way and delivering quite a bit. From the Google Drive Google+ page:
Today we’re launching a more robust, powerful version of Google Forms. Just as you can in Docs, Sheets, and Slides, now you can invite others to work simultaneously with you as you create and edit a form—or chat with the group about your ideas without ever leaving the app. With new features like auto-save, undo/redo, and keyboard shortcuts, it’s easier to get stuff done quickly in Forms.
If you haven’t tried it out yet, check out the Google Drive Blog for more info, or see the video below. I suggest you and your Android loving friends make a questionnaire about the new Blackberry and send it out. After all, the timing is a little suspect.