Google documents will receive native file support from Word, Excel and PowerPoint


Google Docs is a great tool for editing documents or working with spreadsheets. Especially those working remotely with the team will appreciate them. The online tool, however, does not always deal with the correct reading of files saved in Microsoft Office formats. Now it has to change.

Google has announced that Documents will soon gain native support for popular formats such as .docx, .xls or .pp. This means that they will no longer be converted before editing, and opened in the format in which they were saved. This is to ensure perfect consistency and further compatibility.

Support will be available as part of G Suite’s commercial services, however, as The Verge reports, it will also be available to regular users this month.

Here is the full list of MS Office formats supported by Google:

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