Microsoft Office Suite is the standard in terms of productivity. While many companies have offered free productivity suite, none could compete against the Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Google is planning to change that. With an attempt to expand its customer base, at the I/O event on Wednesday, Google makes an announcement that Google Docs users can now gain access to Microsoft Office files through the cloud-based platform.
When someone sends you files, you should be able to open them, edit and send them back. If the user at the other end is not using Docs sheets and Slides it can be a challenge. The good news is you no longer have to worry, because both the web and mobile apps for Docs, Sheets and Slides allow you to view, edit and share Office files-without conversion-so you can now make changes and send back files in their original format. It also means that you can now edit the files on both mobile devices and desktop. Even if there is no network, you can still edit the files or start from the scratch and then sync up later.
Google users also have an option to save and edit any type of file, including old Microsoft Office files, and convert them to Google Docs. There’s also a new “suggest edit” mode that tracks collaborators suggestions in documents and users can decide to accept or reject them along the way.
To access the files on your PC, download the Google Drive folder, and then drag and drop files into it. Files are automatically synced to the cloud, which means you can do all sorts of things with the file via Docs, Sheets and Slides on whatever device you choose.
The company also announced mobile support for Google Slides, allowing you to create PowerPoint-esque presentations on your Android or iOS device.
Source : Chrome