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Slack and Google firm up partnership with addition of Drive Bot and other capabilities

Credit: Slack

Slack already lets its users do things like share Google Drive files and create Google Docs, but today the team messaging platform announced that it is furthering its partnership with the tech giant to provide a “richer, more integrated experience.”

One of the upcoming features is a Drive Bot that will provide Google Doc notifications within Slack instead of via email and will “use message buttons to enable you to approve, reject and settle comments from Slack, or you can open up Google Docs to resolve them there.”

The partnership will also allow admins to connect Team Drives, which are new shared spaces for teams to store files, with Slack channels – meaning files uploaded to the connected Slack channel will be automatically backed up to a Team Drive, and Team Drive updates will be shared in Slack.

Other features will include the ability to preview Google Docs in Slack and the ability to provision Slack from Google’s G Suite. All of the integrations will become available in the first half of 2017.

According to Slack, it has four million daily active users, nearly 50% of which are outside North America, and 5.8 million weekly active users.

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