Google Docs improving MS Office connectivity

Google has announced that users of Google Docs will soon be able to directly edit files from Microsoft Office. Files no longer need to be converted before adjustments can be made.

It was already possible to read files from Microsoft Office with Google Docs, but before editing, the files had to be converted to the Google Docs format. When users wanted to send a file back to a Microsoft Office user, they first had to be saved in a suitable format. This change is no longer necessary with this change.

This concerns files from Word, Powerpoint and Excel. First, users of G Suite, the paid version of Google Docs, get the new functionality. Soon it will be possible for all users to edit Microsoft Office files directly.

From Word, Google Docs supports editing files with the format .doc, .docx and .dot. For Excel, files of the .xls, .xlsx, .xlsm and .xlt formats are accepted. Files from the .ppt, .pptx, .pps and .pot formats can be edited from PowerPoint.

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