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.
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.