Slack + Google: Partners at work

We’re partnering with Google to bring our shared customers a suite of deep integrations. Turns out many of you love using Slack and Google together —…

slack & google cloud
We’re partnering with Google to bring our shared customers a suite of deep integrations. Turns out many of you love using Slack and Google together — so much so that millions of Google Drive files are shared in Slack each month. Moving forward, you’ll be able to do even more with our products. Here’s a look at what’s coming.

 

Get updates from the Drive Bot

Google Drive is building a bot! For teams that use Slack and Google Drive together, including Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, comments and requests for access can sometimes languish in email notifications. Now those notifications will arrive where you’re already working — inside Slack, via the Google Drive bot. The bot 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.

 

Send a file to your team with assurance they have permission to view it

To make your lives simpler, we’re going to take some of the peskier permission-checking off your plate, and ensure that files shared in Slack are accessible to the right people. This means that when a file is shared in a channel, Slack will check that it is accessible to the group you’ve shared it with. If not, you will be prompted to update your sharing settings.

 

Preview Google Docs in Slack

We’re also working with the Google Docs team to bring Doc previews into Slack, so that Docs shared in Slack will display the content you need at-a-glance.

 

You’ll be able to provision Slack from G Suite

Admins will be able to provision Slack for their entire company from the G Suite admin console. This feature will work for new and existing Slack teams, and will be especially useful for large orgs, as it ensures accounts are provisioned and removes potential for user error.

These integrations will be available for your team to use in the first half of 2017, but they’re just the start. As users of Google Cloud ourselves, we’re thrilled about this partnership and how it will simplify our working lives. So, a thank you to the team at Google for helping us bring this first phase to our many customers who rely on both of our products to power their teams.


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About Slack

Slack has transformed business communication. It's the leading channel-based messaging platform, used by millions to align their teams, unify their systems, and drive their businesses forward. Only Slack offers a secure, enterprise-grade environment that can scale with the largest companies in the world. It is a new layer of the business technology stack where people can work together more effectively, connect all their other software tools and services, and find the information they need to do their best work. Slack is where work happens.