Google Drive’s productivity offerings have long stood as a free alternative to Microsoft’s Office suite. However, Microsoft has often offered more control and customization for Word, Excel and PowerPoint than Google offers for Docs, Sheets and Slide, especially when it comes to mobile.
But the latest update from Google is tearing down one more barrier between its offerings and the Office suite. Now, mobile users can comment on any Google Docs, Sheets or Slides file just like they can on their desktop devices.
Office has allowed mobile users to add comments to files as part of its Track Changes system since 2012, so Google is playing catchup on this one. But Google has long led Microsoft in collaborative editing, debuting simultaneous composition back in 2010, something Microsoft introduced just last year.
The launch coincides with National Chocolate Cake Day, so you can see Google’s new mobile commenting in action with a chocolate cake recipe over on the Google Docs Blog.