Google is rolling out a huge new feature for Drive on the web today. The company is bringing the ability to comment on Microsoft Office files right from Google Drive, without needing to convert Office files into Drive files.
With today’s update, Google Drive users can comment on Office files such as a Word document from the preview pane without needing to convert it to a Google Docs file. When the user shares the same exact Word file with a co-worker that uses Word on their device, these comments will carry over to Word, which sounds pretty cool.
Google Drive’s latest update to work better with Office files is supposedly part of the search giant’s continued push to improve interoperability between Microsoft Office and G Suite products. “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,” the company said in a blog post.
Google has been heavily focused on improving its G Suite products for business customers lately — and although Microsoft’s Office applications continue to dominate the market, both in terms of features and subscribers, the increased competition between the two giants will hopefully end up benefiting consumers of both the services.