Update, 7:15 PM ET: Added that native support for Office files is coming to regular users of Google Docs, Sheets and Slides as well.
While opening and viewing Office files has always been easy in Docs, editing them has been a frustrating experience. "In cases where some members of your organization use Office while others use G Suite, this ensures seamless collaboration and eliminates the need to consider or convert file types", Google explains. "Office editing brings everyone the benefits of G Suite's real time collaboration tools and intelligence features to Office files".
Now Google has announced that it is adding native support for Microsoft's Word, Excel, and PowerPoint formats -.docx, .docx, .dot, .xls, xlsx, .xlsm, .xlt, .ppt, .pps, .pot, and.pptx, The Verge reports. Google warns that users relying on this app could experience issues when using this feature, so the company has created a dedicated page to assist users as they disable this app.
Google said that the feature will come to G Suite users and they can start using the feature on either April or May depending on the release schedule the company has chosen.
Hangouts also saw a few changes, with Hangouts Chat now available in Gmail while Hangouts Meet now has automatic live captions and has made live streaming available to the public.