Google Workspace update gives you another reason to ditch Microsoft 365

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

The company has announced a number of improvements to the way Workspace users interact with Microsoft Office files, including better file type and edition notifications, overwrite and restore content.

As explained in an update blog post (opens in a new tab)Going forward, Google Workspace users will see a number of new notifications and warnings if they open a Microsoft Office formatted file in Office editing mode.

Google Workspace and Office

Google says the notifications, which will appear in Docs, Sheets and Slides, will help explain differences users might see and help them edit or restore content.

Among the notifications is a new Office-formatted alert to notify of compatibility details that will pop up throughout your time in a document, spreadsheet, or slide deck. These issues can escalate into potential compatibility issues or mean that certain Office features aren’t available.

A pop-up alert also allows users to quickly view and restore earlier versions of the document, spreadsheet, or slide deck. Users will also be able to view version history and restore a specific edition of a document if needed.

Google says its new editing notifications will be enabled by default and 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 legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers and users with personal accounts, in the coming weeks.

The move is Google Workspace’s latest play as it seeks to close the gap between itself and Microsoft Office.

Recently, the company revealed that users will now benefit from the ability to edit Microsoft Office files from Google Workspace without the need for an internet connection, providing greater functionality and increasing efficiency for users around the world. .

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