Starting in late November, Google is making a small, however important change to how Google Drive opens Microsoft Workplace paperwork, each on the net and on Chromebooks: They may open instantly into Workplace modifying mode.
Chrome Unboxed, which observed the change to Google’s Workspace suite of apps, additionally accurately characterised the change as a necessary one to how customers work together with Microsoft 365 or Workplace paperwork inside Chromebooks.
As a freelancer who used a Chromebox for over a yr, the one shortcoming with Google Drive was that it opened a Microsoft Workplace doc in preview mode, which doesn’t help you edit the doc. You might obtain the doc and then edit it, however that was an additional two steps, and never all the time apparent. As Chrome Unboxed famous, that helped Chromebooks achieve a “can’t-edit-Workplace” fame that has not totally gone away. Google’s adjustment means which you can open and edit a brand new doc in a Google app instantly.
The change will apply to all suitable Workplace file sorts, based on Google, together with .docx, .doc, .ppt, .pptx, .xls, .xlsx, and .xlsm. If the “Workplace Enhancing for Docs, Sheets & Slides” Chrome extension is put in, Google will redirect to the extension and to not Docs, Sheets, or Slides. Password-protected recordsdata might be an exception—they’ll direct to Sheets and can open in preview mode.
The change will have an effect on basically each Workspace/Google Drive consumer, together with these with private Google Accounts in addition to enterprise customers. It can take a while to roll out, nonetheless: Speedy Launch domains will obtain the brand new performance on October 27, however the regular Scheduled Launch will start on November 30, and keep on from there.
This may increasingly seem to be a minor element for many who haven’t tried to juggle Google and Workplace paperwork. However for many who do, it’s a comfort that’s means overdue.