You can now open and edit Microsoft Office attachments directly from Gmail

Google is making it easier for its Workspace apps to work with Microsoft Office. Users will now be able to open and edit Office attachments sent via Gmail directly in Docs, Sheets, or Slides, without first having to save them to Drive. Google says the new update will make it easier for users to reply to email threads with Office files. On top of that, Google also makes it easy to create and work with documents that require multi-page orientation in Docs.

Google new Microsoft Office collaborative features they have started rolling out for eligible users. Until now, users had to save a file to Drive before using Google Office editing functions. But now you will see an edit icon in the attachment to directly open the file in Docs, Bed sheets or Slideshow. The original file format will also be preserved.

There will also be new options for responding after opening an Office file from Gmail including Reply with this file and Open the original message.

This feature will be available to users with Google Workspace Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, and Enterprise Plus. It will also be available to G Suite Basic, Business, Education, Enterprise for Education users, as well as non-profit customers. Google Workspace Essentials and Enterprise Essentials customers are not eligible for this update.

Announcement of a second update that better integrates Google Workspace applications with Microsoft Office, Google said that it was important that files and documents appear consistent across applications. The new enhancements will make it easier for users to create and share documents from Google docs They have tables, graphs, diagrams and large images. Users will be able to edit, import and export Microsoft Word documents that contain pages in portrait and landscape orientation. They can also change the page orientation of documents in Google Docs to make more room for content, such as tables and images, which requires additional horizontal space.

The update has been rolled out for some users at this time. Google says it will have a wider rollout starting January 5, 2021, and will be available to users with personal Google accounts, non-profit customers, and those with Google workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, G Suite Basic, Business, Education and Enterprise for Education plans.

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