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Google Provides Direct Collaboration Ability for Microsoft Office Files

Google has found itself in a precarious situation. Once considered a leader and driver of innovation in various areas, the company now finds itself falling behind in things like the cloud, digital voice, artificial intelligence, and even collaborative products.

After the last round of revenue reporting, one can almost sense that the company is attempting to make positive changes to turn the tide.

In addition to reporting today that it will merge its Nest team into its own hardware team, the company has also announced new interoperability in its  Google Drive cloud storage service to allow commenting directly in Microsoft Office files without the need for third-party software or having to first convert the files to Google’s own format.

Starting today, we’re making it possible to comment directly on more file types including Microsoft Office files, PDFs and images—without having to convert them into Docs, Sheets or Slides.

Full announcement: New ways to comment on Microsoft files (and more) in Google Drive

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