Google Docs, Sheets, Slides for iOS now edit Microsoft Office files


Google Docs adds Office support
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Google has rolled out new updates for Docs, Sheets, and Slides on iOS that add support for Microsoft Office files. A bunch of different Office formats are supported without the need for file conversion.

Google’s productivity apps for iPhone and iPad previously allowed some editing functionality for Office documents using Quickoffice integration. But it was incredibly basic, and therefore not ideal for most tasks.

Now all your favorite Docs, Sheets, and Slides features can be used with Office documents, too.

Docs, Sheets, Slides add Office support

Using the latest versions of Google’s apps, you can edit, comment, and collaborate on Office files using all the tools you’re used to. You also get greater sharing options and controls, with no conversation needed.

These are all the Office file formats that Docs, Sheets, and Slides now support:

  • Word: .doc, .docx, .dot
  • Excel: .xls, .xlsx, .xlsm, .xlt
  • PowerPoint: .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .pot

Office support, which is rolling out today but may take a little while to reach everyone, is available to both personal and enterprise users. Simply ensure you have the latest app updates installed on your device.

Google apps keep getting better

These updates are the latest in a long line of improvements Google has been making on iOS. Last week, it brought Split View support to Chrome on iPad; in August, Google Maps came to Apple Watch.

Google has also confirmed it will soon be possible to enjoy Stadia, its online game streaming service, in Safari on iPhone and iPad. Users can expect the release to come “several weeks from now.”