Just as IBM readies LotusLive Symphony for launch, Google Docs ups the ante

When we launched the new Google Docs last April, one of the big changes was moving comments to the sidebar and letting people reply to comments. Today, we’re updating comments in Google Docs to facilitate rapid and seamless discussions and integrate with email in an intuitive way. Since there are a number of significant improvements, this update is only available for newly created documents for now.

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To start, we’ve improved the discussion flow by adding ownership and edit rights to individual comments. Each comment now has a timestamp and profile picture.

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My comments:
1) Google Docs really is an incredibly easy to use and powerful online editing environment – this just takes it to the next level for team editing.
2) LotusLive Symphony looked great at Lotusphere, and seemed set to rival Google Docs when it gets released.  But… when will this be?  Still no news on production release date.
3) Google Docs still has the freemium model on its side, I wonder whether IBM will compete with this, or stick to a fully paid model?

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