Google is set to introduce a new feature to its Google Workspace customers that will offer enhanced file security and editing control. The tech giant announced that users will soon have the ability to lock their Google Drive files, ensuring that no unauthorized changes or comments can be made during the locked period.
With the file locking feature, users will have the power to prevent any edits, comments, or suggestions from being made to their files while they are locked. This new capability is being rolled out to Rapid Release domains first and is expected to be available to all users within the next 15 days. Scheduled Release domain users will start seeing the feature on September 20th, with a 15-day rollout period.
Previously, users had limited options for restricting file access, such as using the Google Drive API or file approvals. However, the new feature allows users to lock files at any time by simply right-clicking on the file and selecting “Lock” in the file information menu.
Google has been working diligently to enhance its Workspace productivity suite and compete with Microsoft in the AI space. This new file locking feature is just one of several recent updates to Google Workspace. Another new addition is Duet AI, which provides AI assistance for office work, although it does come at a cost. Additionally, Google Workspace now offers native eSignature support, allowing users to sign documents electronically directly within the productivity suite.
The introduction of the file locking feature demonstrates Google’s commitment to meeting the demands of its users and providing a secure and efficient workspace experience. By allowing for greater control over file access and edits, Google aims to enhance collaboration and productivity for Workspace customers. With more updates and improvements on the horizon, Google is positioning itself as a strong competitor in the AI-driven productivity market.
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