Google Adds Microsoft Office File Support to G Suite

Doris Richards
April 14, 2019

For end users, on the other hand, the experience is very straightforward, as they can simply open an Office file from Google Drive, make any edits they want, and then have the document saved in the original format without any further input required.

This new update on G Suite will help the user to open Office files and combine the benefits of G Suite tools and intelligence features.

While opening and viewing Office files has always been easy in Docs, editing them has been a frustrating experience.

Until now, you had to convert a Microsoft Office into Google's format before you could edit, comment, or collaborate inside Docs. For me this has led to many, many duplicate files across my Google and G Suite accounts and those duplicate files get a bit confusing to navigate after a bit of time.

In terms of supported file types, Google Docs will support.doc, .docx, files in Word, .xls, .xlsx, .xlsm and.xlt files in Excel and.ppt, .pptx, .pps and.pot files in PowerPoint. Files from these apps will now function more seamlessly in Google's Sheets, Slides, and Docs applications. Google warns that users relying on this app could experience issues when using this feature, so the company has created a dedicated page to assist users as they disable this app.

All Google Docs features - including multi-user collaboration - will be available when editing Microsoft Office files. It is worth noting the change is not live yet, but could drop before the end of this month.

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