Google’s G Suite – Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides – are a great resource for working on the go. They’re effective tools for collaborative working backed by the power of Google’s cloud. Everything is tied to Google accounts but the company is making it easier for non-Google account holders to collaborate on G Suite documents.
The company has confirmed that soon it will allow people with Google accounts to view, comment, suggest edits to, and even directly edit Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files. This will remove a significant barrier for collaboration as organizations often have to work on documents with external partners and contractors who may not have Google accounts.
A beta for an easy pincode identity verification process has been introduced. It allows G Suite users to invite non-account holders to collaborate on files as visitors by using their PIN. This will allow them to work on the files while file owners and admin will retain full control of sharing.
Pincode sharing in Drive is currently available only in beta. The beta is available to all G Suite editors but they will have to apply to join it at this point in time. This feature may only be rolled out for all users once Google puts it through the beta and feels that it’s ripe for publication consumption.