At Google I/O, some important changes were announced for Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Android and Chrome chief Sundar Pichai announced the Drive-centric utilities would soon be able to work with any file type. Both viewing and editing were coming to Drive, and now they’re officially here.
The immediate interest will be from Office users, or those that work with people who use Office. Now, you’ll be able to edit, view, and save Office files natively, all form within Drive. Google says Docs, Sheets, and Slides now have “Office Compatibility Mode”, so you don’t even have to think about how yo’ll open those files up and go about your work.
One feature users already like is commenting on files, which is getting a bit better as well. Now your team can propose changes to a file, and you as the file owner have the option to accept, edit, or refuse those changes. Rather than everyone making changes and coming back later to discuss, you can now decide what gets in or is left out. Similarly, you’ll also see a revision history to your documents, showing who contributed what.
Google says the features are available today, but don’t worry if you don’t see them just yet. Google tends to implement things over the course of a few days, so it might be next week before you see the new tools.