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Google Brings Microsoft Office Editing to G Suite on Android

G Suite users on Android can now edit, comment, and collaborate on Microsoft Office files without needing to convert the format.


's productivity bundle is arguably the biggest competitor to 's Office/Office 365. However, it's probably fair to say Office remains more powerful and usable. One of the areas Google has struggled is in making editing Office documents in G Suite easier. Now, the company is working on improving this gap.

Simply put, G Suite has not traditionally played nice with Office files. Microsoft has been far more open in allowing non-Office files, including G Suite, to work in Office. Users of Microsoft's service can edit, comment, and collaborate with G Suite files.

In contrast, Google has taken more time to return the favor. A year ago, the company brought Office files editing, commenting, and collaboration to G Suite apps on the web. However, the same tools were still off limits on .

The company's increasing embrace of Office files could stem from former head Javier Soltero now leading G Suite.

Coming to Android

Google is now working to change that, bringing those web abilities to Docs, Sheets, and Slides on Android. At the moment, users are still forced to convert Office files into a working G Suite format. According to Google, allowing Office editing will replace QuickOffice on the Android platform.

QuickOffice is a defunct application that allowed users to view, edit, and create Microsoft Office files.

“Office editing will make it easy for G Suite users to open and edit Microsoft Office files that have been shared by partners, vendors or other teams. In cases where some members of your organization use Office while others use G Suite, this ensures seamless collaboration and eliminates the need to consider or convert file types,” Google says.

The feature supports the following apps and file types:

  • Word files: .doc, .docx, .dot
  • Excel files: .xls, .xlsx, .xlsm, (macro enabled Excel files), .xlt
  • PowerPoint files: .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .pot

Google says the new ability is rolling out this week but will not reach all Android users at once. It's worth noting the feature is now on by default. Google says the same tool will come to iOS variants of the G Suite apps later this year.

Last Updated on September 14, 2020 4:24 pm CEST

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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