On October 20th, Google debuted an important, long-awaited extension for Chrome, affecting Google Apps for Work. Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint files will now be able to be opened and edited in Google Apps for Work, without having to have Office installed on your computer. These files will be opened in Google Docs, Sheets or Slides, respectively, and will be able to be fully editable.
If you are working in an organization with users that like to use both Google Apps for Work and/or Microsoft programs, you will benefit from having this extension installed system-wide. Here are a few frequently asked questions about this update:
Q: Once I have the extension installed, how do I open Microsoft files, without using Office?
A: Any files dragged into Drive, opened in Gmail, etc. will automatically open in Docs, Sheets or Slides.
Q: Can I save files in Office format with this extension?
A: Yes! Users can save files either back to the Office format or as a Google Drive file.
Q: Can all Google Drive users download and install this extension?
A: The classic version of Drive will not support this update, but Google is currently in the process of rolling out the new Google Drive to all users. Check your “settings” sprocket in the upper right corner and click “Experience the new drive” if the new update is available. Once you have installed the new Drive, you can download and use this Office Editing extension and all of its features.
Q: What formats are supported in this extension:
A: .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx files are supported
Q: How can I install this Chrome extension?
A: Click HERE to visit the Google site to download the extension
If you have any questions or need any assistance using Google Apps for Work within your organization, please don’t hesitate to contact us.