Editing Microsoft Office files in Google Docs is a pain in the ass. You can view them there, but you’ve previously had to convert them to Google’s format before you could edit, comment, and collaborate inside Docs. That’s about to change: Google just announced that it’s adding native support for Microsoft’s Word, Excel, and PowerPoint formats — like .docx, .xls, and .ppt — which will let you do real-time collaboration in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
On Wednesday, Google announced support would be coming to the commercial versions of those apps right now, namely G Suite, but the company has told The Verge they’re coming to regular users too, as soon as this month. G Suite customers should see support start to roll out in April or May, depending on which release schedule your company prefers.
Here’s the full list of supported file types, according to Google:
Word files: .doc, .docx, .dot
Excel files: .xls, .xlsx, .xlsm (macro enabled Excel files), .xlt
Powerpoint files: .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .pot
Mixed programs has always been a pain for people. Many small companies like to use Google Docs simply because it’s free and cloud-supported, it makes it ideal. Microsoft Office is usually the most used by companies. So, when someone outside your eco-system sends you a doc to look over, you will have to change the format into a Google format.
The same happens for an open-source suite like Libre. They natively open and edit within Microsoft Office docs. However, when you save the document, it will save it in a Libre file or an old version of Microsoft Word. However, if you are like me, you may have old Word and Excel templates that you still use, so switching over to Google will be easier. So, if you’re looking for a change, this may be the thing for you.