Announcing the feature through a blog post, Google said that it would bring the collaborative and assistive features of Google Workspace to Microsoft Office files on iOS devices. It will further reduce the need to download and email file attachments, and improve sharing options and sharing controls.
The feature is available to users with personal Google Accounts, Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, and Enterprise Plus as well as G Suite Basic, Business, Education, Enterprise for Education, and Nonprofits customers. It has already rolled out, but make sure you’re updated to the latest version of Google Drive to use the feature.
The Office file types supported are: .doc, .docx, .dot for Word files, .xls, .xlsx, .xlt, .xlsm for Excel files, and .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .pot for PowerPoint files.
How to add, open, edit, and convert Office files on Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
To add an Office file to Google Drive on iOS, open the Google Drive app on your iPhone or iPad. Click on the plus sign and click on Upload. After this, find the file you want to upload and tap on it. View your uploaded file in My Drive until you move it.
To Open an Office file in Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides, simply tap the Office file in the Google Productivity app.
To edit, open the Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides app on your iOS device and click on Open a file. Double-tap the word you want to edit (or directly click on Edit, on Google Docs). Move the blue markers to select the text you want to edit.
To convert an Office file to Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides, open the app and click on the options menu next to the file you want to convert. Finally, click on Save as Google Docs/Sheets/Slides file.
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