Gmail will now allow users to edit Microsoft Office documents within emails

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: December 11, 2020 9:52:34 pm





When announcing the update, Google said that it is important that files and documents look consistent across applications. (Image: Google)

Google Workspace is a suite of enterprise productivity applications, including Docs, Sheets, and Slides, that allow people to get work done. The company has now begun to implement Microsoft Office collaboration features, which allow users to edit Microsoft Office files directly, without first saving them to Drive. This new feature will preserve the original file format.

This new update will allow users to respond to email threads with Office files easier and faster according to Google. Apart from this, the company with the update will also make it easier for users to create and work with documents that require multi-page orientation in Docs.

After the update, Gmail will start showing a new reply option within Office files, with Reply with this file and Open original message.

The feature will initially be available to Google Workspace Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, and Enterprise Plus users. It will also be available to G Suite Basic, Business, Education, Enterprise for Education users, and non-profit customers. As of now, Workspace Essentials and Enterprise Essentials customers are not eligible for this update.

When announcing the update, Google said that it is important that files and documents look consistent across applications. This new update will help users create and share Google Docs that have wide tables, charts, diagrams, and images. They will also have the ability to edit, import and export Microsoft Office files directly within Google Workspace Suite.

The update is currently rolling out slowly to users and will see a broader rollout starting on January 5.

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