Soon, multiple people will be able to work on the same Word document simultaneously, and even see each others’ changes as they are typed out in real-time.
At the Ignite conference, held this week in Chicago, Microsoft demonstrated the new co-editing capability which lets two or more people edit a Word document at the same time. It can be tested in a a preview edition of the software suite released this week.
Today, joint editing of the same Word document can be complicated, as people make changes to the file on their local devices and email it to their colleagues for further modifications, often resulting in the existence of multiple drafts. Co-editing eliminates the need to email the same document back and forth among different participants.