Google allows Docs and Sheets users to install add-ons

Google allows Docs and Sheets users to install add-onsGoogle has said in a recent announcement that the users of Google Docs and Sheets can now install add-ons which bring new capabilities to their documents and spreadsheets. The move marks Google's evident attempts to ensure that its online productivity software can offer more substantial competition to Microsoft Office.

Announcing the experimental new feature, Google has revealed that Docs and Sheets users can now download a handful of preview add-ons from an online store. The add-ons are fairly akin in concept to the new, web-based Apps for Office which was launched by Microsoft with Office 2013.

The Docs and Sheets add-on available for preview essentially allow the users to add new menu items to the web-based productivity software. In addition, the add-ons also enable users to present web content in a sidebar, programmatically edit documents, and connect to other Google services.

By giving Docs and Heets users the ability to install add-ons, Google is apparently hoping that developers will latch onto the new add-on APIs, and will create new features as add-ons to Docs and Sheets.

Noting that add-ons are "new tools created by developer partners that give you even more features in your documents and spreadsheets," Google's Project manager Saurabh Gupta said: "To browse through add-ons for Docs and Sheets, select Get add-ons in the Add-ons menu of any open document or spreadsheet."