A year and a half ago Google updated is online document, spreadsheet, and drawing tools, leaving out its presentation software. Today, Google remedied this and introduced real-time collaboration, animations, tables and more to the presentations application.

Google Docs is a free web-based office suite and data storage service. Presentations is a collaborative tool that enables you to create, edit, and share presentations. Since a year and a half ago Google Docs has seen 60 new features and millions of new users.

Today’s update will really benefit teams as it will allow you to see exactly what others are working on with colorful presence markers, edit simultaneously with team members from other locations, and start a conversation using the built-in chat feature. Additionally you’ll be able to view a revision history to see who made changes, or to revert back to an earlier version.

Other new features that have been introduced include transitions, animations, new themes, tables, and drawings – which will aid in creating new designs, layouts, and flowcharts within a presentation.

The update is great for any team that depends on Google Docs for day-to-day tasks. While the new features might not be enough to convince you to ditch Microsoft or Apple software just yet, the focus on collaboration definitely gives Google a fighting chance.

[Via: Silicon Filter, Image credit: Tobias Toft]