Google is preparing to roll out a suite of new integration features that are designed to make it easier for businesses to collaborate on Google Drive files using Slack, with the new functionality set to roll out in the first half of 2017.
The improved integration features, listed on both the Google and Slack blogs, will mean that when a Google Drive file is shared in a Slack channel, it will automatically check that all people in that channel have permission to view it.
When a person in a channel doesn’t have permission, there will be a prompt within Slack to change the file’s sharing settings.
Google is also introducing a Google Drive bot that will give notifications about comments and requests within Slack.
For businesses that use Google Team Drives, any files uploaded to the connected Slack channel will be automatically backed up to the Team Drive, while Team Drive updates will be automatically shared in Slack.
There will also be an option to make Team Drives the main data storage location for any files uploaded to Slack.
Other features will include the ability to provision Slack directly from the G Suite admin panel, as well as to preview Google Docs files directly within Slack.
The integrations come on top of an existing Slack app for Google Drive integration, which allows users to create or upload a Google Docs file by clicking the plus button to the left of the Slack message box, as well as search for Google Drive files directly within Slack.
As part of the partnership, the companies have also said they are working on additional features tightening integration between the two products in the future.