Native Microsoft Office File Editing Now Part of Google Drive
Google announced major updates to its Google Drive app this week at their annual Google I/O conference. One of the biggest updates is the addition of built in editing of native Microsoft Office files.
While Google Drive has previously supported Office files, it required users to convert them to a Google Docs format in order for users to take advantage of features such as editing files directly in Drive, commenting, and collaboration.
The new integration allows any Google Apps user to edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files directly from Drive on the web or from mobile devices. Users currently using chrome devices such as chromebooks will automatically see the integration through an update. Users on the chrome browser for Windows and Macs will can take advantage of the new feature by installing the "Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides" browser extension.