On its cloud-based storage service Google Drive, Google is improving the efficiency of collaborations. The business is releasing an update for its file-sharing function, giving customers access to extra capabilities even if they don’t have a Google account. They can now upload files to shared drives or create new ones.

It is already secure to share Drive files with individuals who do not have Google accounts thanks to Google’s visitor sharing feature. You receive a secure collaboration tool with a pincode that enables non-Google users to read, comment on, or update content. Additionally, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites—basically the entire company’s Workspace productivity suite—have this feature.

Google, however, prohibits non-Google users from uploading files or adding new content to shared drives. Productivity is somewhat hampered by this. Users from outside the company who do not have a Google account are unable to contribute their ideas. In order to improve collaboration and increase effectiveness, the organization is now allowing everyone to submit their own work.

Advertisement All qualified Google Drive users will automatically have access to the new capability so long as visitor sharing is turned on for their organization. There is no end-user setting for guest sharing, while administrators can disable it at the organizational level.

Improved visitor sharing for drives is now available from Google. While firms normally utilize the same productivity tools internally, there are situations when they need to work together on certain files with other enterprises. Furthermore, it is not required that the other party utilizes the same tools within their own organization. Other solutions exist as well, most notably Microsoft 365. Users are saved from some hassle in these circumstances by this update for visitor sharing in Google Drive. Recently, Google Workspace tools received the ability to edit Microsoft Office files offline. These attributes facilitate cross-business collaboration.

According to Google, customers on both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release domains are already receiving the most recent Drive upgrade. By the first week of September, the company hopes to have the new feature available to everyone. Customers with Google Workspace Essentials, Business Standard, Business Plus, Education Plus, Enterprise Standard, or Enterprise Plus accounts are included when we say “everyone.”

Advertisement According to Google, customers of Google Workspace Business Starter, Enterprise Essentials, Education Fundamentals, Frontline, Nonprofits, and legacy G Suite Basic and Business would not be able to use the new visitor sharing feature in Drive. Personal Google Account users are likewise excluded from the new functionality.

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