Adding a bunch of crap to a writing assignment to meet the minimum word requirement is without a doubt an experience that many of you have endured. Documents overall is a great word processor and is even better now that Google has just added the number of live words.
This is a simple addition that will no doubt make students' lives a little easier. Instead of having to click on the word count under the Tools tab each time, you can simply check the "Show word count as you type" box to get a live counter at the bottom left of the screen .
The feature won "I'm not going to be live for all of you only – it's not for me – but Google says it will be presented to everyone by the beginning of October at the latest. Odds are you will get it before, but Google is conservative with your estimate.