Google has announced a new feature that will allow users to sign documents electronically directly from Google Docs or Google Drive. The feature, which is currently in beta, is aimed at improving the productivity and efficiency of businesses and individuals who rely on eSignatures for contracts, agreements, and other documents.
According to Google, the eSignature feature is natively integrated in Google Docs, so users can quickly execute agreements from the familiar interface of Docs without having to switch tabs or apps. The feature also works with PDF documents stored in Google Drive, allowing users to request and receive signatures from others.
“Whether you're an event planner or digital creator, it can be a challenge to stay on top of contracts and customer agreements that need to be signed as you're constantly context switching and jumping between different apps to get work done,” Google says. “eSignature in Google Docs will take advantage of the same secure-by-design infrastructure and built-in protections Google uses to help secure your information and safeguard your privacy.”
Google claims that the eSignature feature is secure and compliant with the company's infrastructure and privacy protections. Users can also access an audit trail that shows who signed the document, when, and from which device.
Available in Beta Now, Rolling Out Gradually
The eSignature feature is available for Google Workspace Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Starter, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Essentials Plus, Education Plus, and Nonprofits customers.
Google Workspace Admins can enroll their organization account into the beta program by filling out a Google Form. Additionally, the feature supports multiple signers and is available for those who don't use Gmail, meaning that anyone can sign a document sent by a Google Workspace user.
The feature will be gradually rolling out to users starting August 8, 2023 and it may take up to 15 days for the feature to show up for everyone. Google says that the eSignature feature is part of its effort to make Google Workspace more collaborative and flexible for users.