Google Docs Users Can Edit MS Office Docs Without Converting Them
The conversion-free Google Docs editing is just one of several key new upgrades to Google's cloud-based office suite.For Google Docs users, it has always required an extra step or two to convert a Microsoft Office file into a usable format when reading or editing it with Google Docs or Apps. That little annoyance, however, is now a thing of the past. Starting with Google's latest update to Google Docs, both the mobile and Web-based versions of the applications automatically allow users to edit Microsoft Office documents without any intervention by a user, making it simpler and faster, wrote Ryan Tabone, a Google director of product management, in a June 25 post on the Google Drive Blog. "Sometimes people send you files and you need to be able to open them, make some edits, and send them back," wrote Tabone. "If they don't use Docs, Sheets and Slides, it can be a challenge. Starting today, you no longer have to worry, because both the Web and mobile apps for Docs, Sheets and Slides let you edit Office files—without conversion—so you can now edit and send back files in their original format." The new no-conversion editing capabilities are possible because the updated mobile apps for Docs, Sheets and Slides now come with Office editing built right in, wrote Tabone. A new Chrome extension adds to the capabilities, giving users the ability to edit and share files directly from Google Drive, Gmail or from a Chromebook, where the extension is already installed.
Users will still be able to convert documents by making manual conversions, if needed, he wrote.