Google has announced that Gmail web users can now open and edit Microsoft Office-supported attachments. This addition makes it easier for people to quickly interact with the file. Earlier this year, the company had added support for Microsoft Office files to Drive, the company s productivity and storage service, and now with the latest update, it aims to make the process seamless to people. Along with this, Google is also adding support for more Office file formats and bringing new features. Also Read - Google Play Store announces blanket ban on Sugar Daddy apps over sexual contentAlso Read - Google, Facebook make vaccination mandatory for employees returning to office
The update has already been pushed out globally, and users should now see an edit icon added to Gmail attachments which let them quickly open the file from Google Drive. The company explains that its service automatically converts the Microsoft Office-compatible files into a single Google Drive file. Once that has been done, it can be accessed from anywhere since it sits in the cloud. Additional features include an option to track revision history, and the ability to save the file for offline usage. Also Read - Fake Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) Lite APK links going viral on the internet: How to spot them
The company also announced that it is adding support for importing 15 new Office file formats. These files range from presentation shows to template files. Here s the complete list: dot, dotx, dotm*, docm*, xlt, xltx, xltm*, xlsm*, pot, potx, potm*, pptm*, pps, ppsx, and ppsm*. In addition, the company is also improving charts, images, and tables support for the aforementioned formats.
Google s intention is clear. It wants a significant stake at the productivity suite world which is as of now being dominated by Microsoft Office. Microsoft has been very aggressive with its Office suite. The company recently announced a mega partnership with cloud-storage mammoth Dropbox and also launched Office for iOS and Android for free. Google needs to add new features to keep its existing users interested and lure in more customers.