Google G-suite to work with Microsoft

Varun Aggarwal San Francisco | Updated on April 11, 2019

Google first announced live streaming capabilities for up to 100,000 viewers last year. File photo   -  Reuters

Google opens up platform to non-Google users too


The fight between Microsoft Office and Google Docs seems to be coming to an end as Google has finally opened up Google Docs to work directly with Microsoft Office

With Office editing in Docs, Sheets and Slides, you can work on Office files straight from G Suite without having to worry about converting file types—helpful if you interact with external clients, or even internal teams, who use Office. This also makes it possible to tap into G Suite intelligence, like using AI-powered grammar suggestions.

Further, you would be able to collaborate on your Google docs with someone who doesn’t have a Google account through something called Visiors.

“We’re making it easier to share files stored in Drive with people who don’t have a Google account, just like you already share with those who do,” David Thacker, Vice President of Product Management, G Suite said.

Visitor sharing in Drive is a simple way for you to invite others to collaborate on files in G Suite using pincodes. Visitors who have the pincode can view, comment, suggest edits, and directly edit Docs, Sheets, and Slides, as well as other file types like PDFs and Microsoft Office files. Learn moreabout visitor sharing in Drive which is currently available in beta.

Google further made updates to Hangouts Meet to enable live translations. “You can turn on automatic live captions now, powered by Google’s speech recognition technology, during video meetings. For hearing impaired, non-native language participants or even noisy rooms, live captioning ensures everyone can follow along. This Meet feature is generally available today in English. Second, we’re making live streaming in Meet publicly available,” Thacker said.

Google first announced live streaming capabilities for up to 100,000 viewers last year. Building on this, you’ll soon be able to let attendees outside of your organization view a livestream by listing it as “public.” Google is also making it possible for up to 250 people to join meetings in Meet soon.

For enterprises, it’ll be easier to decide where your data resides in the cloud. Google will now allow enterprises to select which cloud region they would like to store their data in. This will help companies meet regulatory requirements in areas where they are not allowed to store their or their customer data outside the country.

The writer is in San Fransisco at the invitation of Google

Published on April 11, 2019

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