Microsoft Office files will be easier to handle for Google users

Editing Microsoft Office files such as Word documents and Excel spreadsheets will become much smoother for Google Workspace users.

The company announced a number of improvements to the way Workspace users interact with Microsoft Office files, including better file type and edition notifications, which should put an end to overwriting issues and content restoration.

As one blog post explains, going forward, Google Workspace users will see a number of new notifications and warnings if they open a Microsoft Office format file in Office editing mode. According to Google, the notifications, which will appear in documents, sheets, and slides, will help explain any discrepancies users might see and help them edit or restore content.

Among the notifications is a new Office-formatted alert to report compatibility details that will appear throughout your journey in a document, spreadsheet, or slide. These issues can turn into potential compatibility issues or mean that certain Office features aren’t available.

A pop-up alert will also be launched to allow users to quickly view and restore previous versions of the document, spreadsheet or slideshow. Users will also be able to view version history and restore a specific edition of a document if needed.

A deployment in progress

Google specifies that its new edit notifications will be enabled by default and that they will always be present when a user opens a Microsoft Office document.

The update is rolling out and should be available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as former G Suite Basic and Business customers, and personal account users, in the coming weeks. This is the latest move from Google Workspace, which seeks to bridge the gap between it and Microsoft Office.

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