You can now collaborate on Microsoft Office files uploaded to Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides

You can now collaborate on Microsoft Office files uploaded to Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides

An update introduced to Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets on Tuesday allows Android users the ability to collaborate on Microsoft Office files.

The feature is pretty self-explanatory; it will allow users to edit, comment, and collaborate on Microsoft Office files, such as those from Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, or Excel. Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides on Android are getting updated to take advantage of these real-time collaboration features. Google previously introduced similar functionality for G Suite users on the web. The feature is hugely convenient because it allows users to take advantage of Google’s excellent collaboration tools without the need to convert file types.

Here’s the feature in action on the web.

File types such as .doc, .docx, .xls, and .ppt are all supported. Simply import your file to your G Suite application of choice and you can start collaborating right away.

The feature will be turned on by default, so G Suite admins don’t need to do anything for enterprise users. Google said the rollout of the new feature begins today and will take a few weeks to be available for all G Suite customers as well as users with personal Google accounts.

Google Docs
Google Docs
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free
Google Sheets
Google Sheets
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free
Google Slides
Google Slides
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

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Brandon Russell
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Brandon's love of technology can be traced back to his childhood, when he would obsessively watch Back to the Future. Since then he's followed the industry and its many innovations, from handheld consoles to powerful smartphones. He's still waiting on a hoverboard.