Editing Microsoft Office files such as Word documents and Excel spreadsheets becomes a lot smoother for Google Workspace users.
The company has announced a number of improvements to the way Workspace users interact with Microsoft Office files, including better notifications about file type and editing, hopefully eliminating content overwrite and recovery issues.
As explained in an update blog post (opens in new tab)In the future, Google Workspace users will see a number of new notifications and warnings when they open a file in Microsoft Office format in Office edit mode.
Google Workspace and Office
Google says the notifications, which will appear in Docs, Sheets, and Slides, will help explain differences users may see and help them edit or restore content.
One of the notifications is a new Office format warning to warn of compatibility details that will appear in a document, spreadsheet, or slideshow throughout your time. These issues can escalate to potential compatibility issues or mean that certain Office features are not available.
It also launches a pop-up alert that allows users to quickly view and restore previous versions of the document, spreadsheet, or slide deck. Users can also view version history and restore a specific edition of a document if needed.
Google says the new edit notifications are enabled by default and will always be present when a user opens a Microsoft Office document.
The update is rolling out now and should be available to all Google Workspace customers in the coming weeks, as well as older G Suite Basic and Business customers, and users with personal accounts.
The move is Google Workspace’s latest game as it seems to narrow the gap between itself and Microsoft Office.
Recently, the company announced that users can now take advantage of the ability to edit Microsoft Office files from within Google Workspace without the need for an Internet connection, providing greater functionality and increasing efficiency for users everywhere.