A big change is coming to Google Drive over the coming few days and it involves Microsoft.
It was announced at the recent Google Next event that Drive and Docs will work natively with the Office suite of Word, Excel and Powerpoint. So why is this such a big deal?
Adoption of G Suite (Docs, Sheets and Slides) has always been hindered with the stark fact that 95% of the world operates using the Microsoft suite and when working in the Google universe converting files and then converting back has not been seamless nor accurate. Formatting would go wonky, images could disappear and macros in Excel would not convert reliably.
All of that is about to change and when you stop and think about it makes perfect sense for Google to bring this to market. Imagine having the collaboration power of G Suite but using Office documents without any converting.
Suddenly being able to work, for instance, with outside contractors operating in Office 365, seamlessly, and without friction enables G Suite users the safety of non-converted documents.
This comes hot on the heels of the upgrade of sharing files via Drive to non-Google registered users via a PIN number.
All of this points to the ever-maturing ecosystem the G Suite now offers. Companies both large and small can benefit from better integration of the two productivity suites.
You can get all the latest information on the changes mentioned here.