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What you need to know

  • A new G Suite feature will now let non-Google account users collaborate on files.
  • Visitors will be able to use PINs to verify and identify themselves on documents.
  • It'll be available for the majority of domains by at least October.

Google is rolling out a new feature to G Suite users, enabling collaboration on files with a wider base of users. In other words, you'll now be able to work on a Google Doc, Sheets, Slides, etc with users who don't necessarily have a Google or G Suite account.

The feature is known as visitor sharing, and has been in testing for a while now. Non-Google users will be able to use PINs which will in effect act as their IDs. This will preserve the accountability and control that a traditional Google account would grant an admin or G Suite user ordinarily. You'll be able to see who made what edit, who made what comment, when they made x edit or y comment, and even be able to strip users of their permissions when it becomes necessary.

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"G Suite customers often work with partners outside of their company. These external users, or "visitors," don't always have Google accounts, making it more difficult for G Suite and non-Google users to collaborate seamlessly and securely," Google explained.

This feature is primarily a G Suite one, and by primarily we mean completely. It's only available to G Suite Business, G Suite Enterprise, G Suite for Education, G Suite Enterprise for Education, G Suite for Nonprofits, and G Suite Essentials customers. G Suite tiers not listed there and personal Google accounts need not apply.

It'll roll out by September 8 to G Suite users on Rapid Release Domains, and September 28 for users on Scheduled Release domains depending on the admin's preferences.

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