Google has added an update to Google Drive that will make it easier for teams to use a mix of G Suite and Microsoft Office while working on collaborative projects.
Google Drive users can now easily comment on Office files, PDFs and images in the Drive preview pane without having to use (and potentially pay for) tools like Microsoft Office or Acrobat Reader — or having to convert them to Google Docs, Sheets or Slides files. That’s not quite the real-time commenting feature you get from G Suite or Office 365, but it’s still better than having to constantly convert documents back and forth between Office and G Suite.
Microsoft’s Office tools remain far more popular in most businesses, especially within large enterprises — a market that Google covets but, for the most part, is still struggling to win over.
In a blog post, a Google said
“The ability to comment in Drive preview mode is just one example of interoperability between G Suite and Microsoft Office products. You can also use a Drive plug-in for Outlook to make it easier to insert files stored in Drive to an Outlook email and save incoming attachments to your Drive from Outlook. Our help center has more specifics on how to enable the plug-in for admins.”