Google Drive now allows commenting on Microsoft Office files without converting them

Google Drive now allows commenting on Microsoft Office files without converting them

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. They may be using Office 365 while you are using Google Suite. It now allows users to comment on Microsoft Office, PDF, and image files in the Google Drive Preview Pane without requiring Microsoft Office or Adobe Acrobat Reader apps and user licenses.

Moreover, Google said that collaborators don't even have to be using G Suite to benefit from this new feature.

With commenting in Drive preview, you won't need to open up other tools to complete tasks.

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These new collaboration-focused features will be rolling out today. For instance, a user can highlight a sentence in an Office Word document and attach a comment to it or do the same with a single cell in an Excel spreadsheet.

"When you're collaborating with an external agency, negotiating a contract with a client or coordinating a sales agreement with a supplier, chances are you're dealing with multiple file formats". Google says this emphasizes their focus on offering "interoperability between G Suite and Microsoft Office products".

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. Furthermore, you will now be able reply directly to comments within the same file preview with a new "Reply" button, allowing for quick corrections, notes or responses to collaborator comments. And it views G Suite as an easy onramp for enterprises that know it will take them awhile to commit fully to the cloud for most or all of their applications.

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