Google Looking to Open up G Suite Platform to Non-Google Users
The change on tactics from Google’s end will surely provide a boost in their G Suite productivity and flexibility thereby producing a great deal of traction for them in the market.
The front runners of technology in today’s world; Google and Microsoft are finally ending the contest especially when it comes to Microsoft Office and Google Docs as per the recent seminar in San Francisco on 11th of April 2019. Google announced that they have decided to finally open up Google Collaborative Tools in G Suite to work directly with Microsoft Office, therefore, increasing their flexibility.
Flexibility in Google Docs:
It is possible to work on Office files straight from G Suite now without worrying about converting the file types. It will be beneficial if you are interacting with external clients as well as internal teams, those who are using Office. This will also make it possible to tap into G Suite intelligence, like using AI-powered grammar suggestions and Smart Search.
Further, you will be able to collaborate on your Google docs with people who don’t have Google accounts through Visitors. Visitor sharing in Drive is currently available in beta version.
Visitor sharing is an easy way to invite for collaboration on files in G Suite using pincodes. Visitors having the pincode will be able to view, comment, put suggestions, and directly edit Docs, Sheets, and Slides, as well as other file types which include PDFs and Microsoft Office files.
Flexibility in Hangout Meet:
Google also made updates to Hangouts Meet to enable live translations. Therefore you will be able to turn on automatic live captions (powered by Google’s speech recognition technology) during video meetings. Non-native language participants or even noisy environment, live captioning ensures everyone can follow. This feature is currently available in English. Live streaming in Meet will be made public to participate.
Google first announced live streaming limit to 100,000 viewers in 2018. Adding to this, it will soon be able to let attendees outside your organization view a livestream by listing it as public.
For Enterprises, it’ll be easier to decide where your data resides in the cloud. Google will now allow you to select which cloud region you would like to store your data in. This will directly boost companies to meet regulatory requirements in areas where they are not allowed to store their or their customer data outside the country.
Allowing so much flexibility to the users, this move from Google will be game-changing and it will directly affect the current market situation where tough competition is being laid down by Microsoft.