The Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides icons
An example of a document in Google Docs
|Initial release||March 9, 2006|
|Platform||Web platform, Android, iOS|
|Available in||83 languages|
|Initial release||October 31, 2012|
Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides are a word processor, a spreadsheet and a presentation program respectively, all part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service. The three apps are available as web applications, mobile apps for Android and iOS, and desktop applications on Google's ChromeOS. The apps are compatible with Microsoft Office file formats. The suite also includes Google Forms (survey software), Google Drawings (diagramming software), Google Sites (web building software), Google My Maps (map overlay editor), Google Apps Script (code editor for the G-Apps Script coding language) and Google Fusion Tables (database manager; experimental).
The suite allows users to create and edit files online while collaborating with other users in real-time. Edits are tracked by user with a revision history presenting changes. An editor's position is highlighted with an editor-specific color and cursor. A permissions system regulates what users can do. Updates have introduced features using machine learning, including "Explore", offering search results based on the contents of a document, answers based on natural language questions in a spreadsheet, and dynamic design suggestions based on contents of a slideshow, and "Action items", allowing users to assign tasks to other users.
While Google Docs has been criticized for lacking the functionality of Microsoft Office, it has received praise for its simplicity, ease of collaboration and frequent product updates.