Editing Microsoft Office documents on mobile Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps used to be a lot of work. Because the two are not fully compatible, users need to go through an unnecessary and inconvenient formatting process first, making editing MS Office files on mobile devices using Google Productivity Suite a painful experience.
Fortunately, the search giant has just introduced a feature update to support local editing, modification, and annotation of MS Office documents (doc, xls, ppt).
Google Productivity Suite users now have unprecedented office document version history and real-time collaboration experiences, complemented by improved sharing options and control experiences.
Word documents: .doc, .docx, .dot.
Excel tables: .xls, .xlsx, .xlsm (macro support), .xlt.
Powerpoint presentations: .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .pot.
In fact, as early as last year, Google introduced similar features on the Web side. It’s only after Android users have waited a long time for this native experience in the new Docs, Sheets, slides apps.
From now on, G Suite and Gmail customers will be able to sign up for local editing support for MS Office documents, according to Google, but the process could take more than two weeks to complete.