Google’s G Suite adds direct support for Microsoft Office Documents

Google has announced that G Suite will soon be able to open and edit Microsoft Office Document formats directly without having to first convert them to Google Docs, Google Sheets or Slides.

Google writes:

With Office editing, you can now edit, comment, and collaborate on Microsoft Office files using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. This feature brings the collaboration benefits of G Suite to Office files while streamlining workflows by eliminating the need to convert file types.

The update brings support for:

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

Announced at Google Cloud Next ‘19 in San Francisco, the feature will start rolling out to a limited number of users from next week and begin extended rollout early next month.