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Comment on files without edit permission

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I just learned about a relatively recent Google Drive feature where files can be shared with others with only permission to comment: https://www.blog.google/products/g-suite/new-ways-comment-microsoft-files-and-more-google-drive

Does anyone know if there an equivalent feature like this in OneDrive for Business? I know you can set the default state of a doc shared to be in “view mode”, but a collaborator still must have edit access in order to make comments. Curious about workaround ideas that folks have.
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@Bynum Hoekstra I did a web search on "share docs for commenting only" and found a number of ideas, including https://wordribbon.tips.net/T006044_Allowing_Only_Comments_In_a_Document.html and https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_word-mso_win10-mso_365hp/comments-in-get... 

 

Note that because of the versioning capability of OneDrive, I am quite happy to share docs with full edit capability as 1) I can always retrieve a pre-edited version, and 2) the person(s) who made the edits are tracked in the version history.

 

There are probably also mechanisms for sharing docs via SharePoint and tracking comments in SharePoint external to the document.

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Best Response confirmed by Bynum Hoekstra (Contributor)
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This is enabled by default when you share the file with view-only permissions - opening it in the web apps allows the use of "Review" mode, which gives you a commenting permissions and nothing else.

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@Vasil Michev I wish that we could lock down edits completely, but you're right that this is closest approximation of the requirement to share with comments only.