Google has been expanding its AI-powered Smart Reply feature across Docs and Gmail for the past few years, and has now brought the time-saving feature to the comments section in Docs, enabling faster collaboration on shared documents.
Collaboration with online documents is all about comments and editing to get the message right, so Google has focused on bringing Smart Reply and its other AI feature, Smart Compose, to the comments section of Docs. After all, suggested edits shouldn't contain errors, even when they're written under tight deadlines.
Smart Reply in Docs comments suggests relevant replies, preferably written accurately with the right context and tone.
The suggestions appear below the reply box on comment threads. For now, it works only in English. Users can choose a suggested reply or write their own.
Google launched Smart Compose for Docs in 2020 to help users save time on sentences they frequently write and reduce the likelihood of spelling and grammatical errors.
Google's blogpost illustrates why small errors can undermine a message and that, even when using Docs with Smart Compose, mistakes can slip through the editing process.