Google adds new ways to collaborate on Office files using G Suite

Microsoft and Google are invading each other’s turf with new features and offers to woo customers to their respective productivity suites

For commenting on Office files, users had to use tools like Microsoft Office or Acrobat Reader, or had to convert them to Google native files. This is great because it's fewer tabs and fewer apps, both of which are wthings I'd prefer. Today, Google revealed it was turbo-charging Google Drive to include a bunch of new features created to appease Microsoft Office users across the spectrum. Users can comment, assign tasks, mention coworkers and have the people reply back even when they're not using G Suite.

This new functionality lives within the Drive preview pane. "Let's say your coworker opens a file on her Windows laptop using MS Word, she will see your comment in the file and can reply right from there", Google's post explained. Using this feature is easy, just highlight the area they want to comment on Preview Mode and click the Comment icon.

Comments made in Drive Preview can be exported so that when the underlying file is opened using the local app, the comments made are already present.

Tech giant Microsoft is targeting its cloud storage rivals Dropbox, Box, and Google by offering to buy-out customers' existing contracts if they make the switch to its file-hosting service OneDrive for Business.

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You can try out this new feature starting today. "With commenting in Drive Preview feature, we can now extend the same collaboration, review and validation processes to Microsoft Office Applications, images and PDFs".

In addition, Google also offers a Drive plug-in that makes it easier for users to save an attachment in an Outlook email to Drive or insert files from Drive to an Outlook email.

Google Drive yesterday announced a new feature that will help enterprise organisations collaborate easily with others without worrying about file formats.

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