Recently, Microsoft announced free OneDrive for Business for new customers as in an attempt to lure customers away from other cloud storage providers. Interestingly, Google has now added the ability to comment on Microsoft files, as well as PDFs and images without the need to leave Drive.
Thanks to the new features, users will now be able to edit Microsoft Files by opening them inside Google drive. Moreover, G Suite users will be able to comment directly on files without converting the documents to Google Files. The company wrote in a blog post, “When you’re collaborating with an external agency, negotiating a contract with a client or coordinating a sales agreement with a supplier, chances are you’re dealing with multiple file formats. With this update, you can now comment on those files in Drive the way you’re used to in Google Docs. In the Drive preview pane, comment, assign tasks, or mention coworkers and the people you work can reply back, even if they’re not using G Suite. Let’s say your coworker opens a file on her Windows laptop using MS Word, she will see your comment in the file and can reply right from there.”
This recent move comes as Microsoft continues to add more features to OneDrive in recent months. Few days earlier, the company revealed that more than 350,000 organizations including Accenture, Lowe’s, DBS Bank, Land O’Lakes and Rackspace are currently using OneDrive.