Google makes it easy to edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint files on Android

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G Suite users will now be able to edit, comment, and collaborate on Microsoft Office files on Android devices using Google's office suite. Thanks to the new update launched by the web giant, users of Google Docs, Sheets and Slides on mobile will no longer need to convert Microsoft Office documents into a format compatible with Google's mobile applications.

As Google notes, the Office edition in G Suite will replace QuickOffice, a discontinued mobile app, which was originally intended for Symbian OS phones and which was extended to Android in 2010 to allow users to view, create and edit Microsoft Office documents. Google also called this feature "Office compatibility mode".

G Suite's compatible document editing feature on Microsoft Office offers real-time collaboration tools as well as enhanced sharing options and controls. It also reduces the need to download and email attachments.

A welcome simplification

“The Office edition will allow G Suite users to easily open and edit files from Microsoft Office that have been shared by partners, vendors or other teams. In cases where some members of an organization use Office and others G Suite, this ensures seamless collaboration and eliminates the need to account for or convert certain types of files, ”said Google management.

To use the Office edition, users need to open Google Drive and download the Office file they want to work with. From Google Drive, users can double-click on the Office file and a preview of the file will open. From there, users can click "Open in Google Docs / Sheets / Slides".

This function supports:

  • Word files: .doc, .docx, .dot;
  • Excel files: .xls, .xlsx, .xlsm, (Excel files with macro activated), .xlt;
  • PowerPoint files: .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .pot.

According to Google, the function of editing documents compatible with Office will begin to be made available to users from September 8, 2020. It will be enabled by default for end users. The American giant did not specify its date of availability on iOS devices, merely indicating that it will be available on iOS later this year.

As a reminder, Google introduced this feature in its G suite web applications last year. Last month, the company also introduced Smart Compose on Android and iOS, along with link previews to make it easier to view content without having to switch between apps. It also improves comments and actions in documents, cards and slides on mobile phones to improve collaboration.


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