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You can now edit Microsoft Office files in Google Docs

You can now edit Microsoft Office files in Google Docs

That's about to change: Google just announced that it's adding native support for Microsoft's Word, Excel, and PowerPoint formats - like.docx, .xls, and.ppt - which will let you do real-time collaboration in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Not content with that array of changes, Google also plans to roll out updates to Hangouts Meet to be publicly live streamed to up to 100,000 users that aren't part of the registered domain associated with a G Suite for Education account.

Google says that the feature will start rolling out to a limited number of users from next week, and it'll begin extended rollout for this functionality early next month.

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What Type of Files is Supported on G Suites?

Firstly it has become available to the commercial version of Google productivity suite, the G Suite.

Another new announcement revolves around bringing Connected Sheets to G Suite customers. For the former of those, the company plans to allow Google Sheets to include as many as 10 billion rows of BigQuery data for collaboration without the need for SQL. Users receive Office documents on Gmail and want to open and edit them right there in Google Docs. Up to this point, users have been able to view things like Word documents, but you've needed to convert the file to a Google Docs file in order to save edits or fully collaborate with other users on the file. However, the company later confirmed this will work for all users.


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