Google finally adds Microsoft Office files editing support to G Suite on Android

September 9, 2020
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G Suite on Android already supports editing of Microsoft Office files. But it uses Office Compatibility Mode which has more limited functionality and collaboration capabilities. Yesterday, Google announced that G Suite on Android will now support editing of Microsoft Office files without any limitations. With the new support, you can enjoy the following:

  • Allows you to edit, comment, and collaborate on Microsoft Office files using Google Docs’, Sheets’, and Slides’ powerful real-time collaboration tools.
  • Improves sharing options, improves sharing controls, and reduces the need to download and email file attachments.
  • Streamlines workflows by reducing the need to convert file types.

You can use Office editing with the following Office file types:

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

Note: If you edit Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents older than Office 2007, files will be saved to a newer format when using Office editing.

Also, following G Suite features won’t be available when editing Office files.

  • Apps Scripts
  • G Suite Add-Ons
  • Cell locking in Google Sheets
  • Translate document
  • Under “Version History,” make a copy of an old version of the document

This new Office editing feature will be available to all G Suite customers and users with personal Google Accounts.

Source: Google

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