Slack has announced it is collaborating with Google in a synergy move that will see users from both platforms benefit from their newly founded suite of deep integrations.
Slack has apparently realized most of its users, use their platform together with Google; millions of Google Drives files are shared on Slack every month. The new Slack + Google partnership will enable users to do even more with either of the platforms. Some of these new features include:
Google Drive Bot updates right on Slack
Google is baking a bot into its Drive. This partnership will enable teams using Slack together with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides will get notifications from the Google services right inside Slack. As opposed to previously when notifications from request to access, comments, and edits were sent to emails, where they could go unnoticed for a while. Therefore delaying the group’s synchronized remote collaboration. Notifications will come right inside Slack via the Google Drive bot; sending you message button where you can approve, reject, or reply to a comment.
Send files from Slack to team assured they have viewing permission
Sending files from Slack to team members is always marred with pesky ‘permissions granting’ to members so they can view. With the Slack and Google partnership, that is going to be a thing of the past.
Connecting Slack channel to the Google Team Drive
Content and conversation will now be synced between Team Drives (a new cloud storage space shared among teams) with the Slack channels. Any files uploaded to the Slack channel will also be backed up to the Team Drive. Additionally, any updates shared on Team Drive will be shared on Slack.
You can preview Google Docs while in Slack
Docs shared in Slack can now be viewed at a glance without moving away from the Slack platform.
Provision Slack from the team’s G Suite
The team admins will be able to provision Slack for all members from the G Suite admin console, and will be available to both new and existing Slack teams. This feature will be particularly of interest to teams working for the large organizations.
These features will start arriving at both Slack and Google services within the first half of 2017.