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Microsoft Office Documents Can Now Be Edited Directly from Gmail

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Google launched a feature update on Gmail that allows users to edit Microsoft Office documents directly from the e-mail service. Previously, users were required to save documents on Google Drive before they could do editing.

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Now, Gmail users can directly open Microsoft Office files in the inbox column, then change the document contents through the editing tools available in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Thus, users do not have to bother downloading documents and editing them separately. This is because documents that have been edited can be directly attached to the e-mail. As compiled from Android Central , Monday (12/14/2020), the editing results will be automatically saved to a file in the relevant Office format.

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After finishing editing the file, the user can select the option to reply to the e-mail with the file that has been updated, or to write a new e-mail with an attached file. Users can also review the e-mail that contains the original document.

The supported Microsoft Office file formats are as follows:

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

This feature update in Gmail has started rolling out to Google Workspace users in the Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus plans, as well as G Suite Basic, Business, Education, Enterprise for Education, and Nonprofits customers.

Google says that this update will come gradually over the next 15 days, or not later than December 25, 2020. This Office document editing feature is not available to Google Workspace Essentials and Enterprise Essentials customers.


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