You can now edit Word documents from attachments in Gmail.
Google decided to add support to its cloud office and productivity apps with Microsoft Office 365 extensions. A few days ago, the company launched an ambitious upgrade plan for some of their workspace applications to take compatibility to a new level.
With this, it will be possible to work with the native formats of Microsoft 365, including Word, Excel, or PowerPoint (among others) from their own platforms such as Documents, Spreadsheets, and Presentations. So we don’t need to modify any Microsoft 365 files, we can directly edit or use them.
You can now edit Office 365 documents through Gmail
What Google has just done is go one step further by taking all those improvements from the last few weeks and putting them in use at Gmail. With this, you no longer need to open Microsoft Office to edit, modify or resend a document that we have received attached in a mail on Gmail.
This new function will avoid us having to save the file on the hard disk, open it in the appropriate app, and attach it back to the reply email. With the Google mail platform everything is now part of a single step.
It is important to say that this new procedure is reaching the users gradually, as it is usual with Google updates. So it might take a couple of weeks to reach all users.
Gmail: You can now edit Office 365 documents from attachments
It is important to emphasize that all these features added by Google are not limited to allow us to edit the Office 365 files in their own applications. But the new feature is capable of maintaining the file format. It is not a conversion or compatibility function that might cause failures, but a total integration that makes our work easier in case we are not at the office or at home.
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This way, if a colleague working in Word sends us a document, we can edit it completely from Gmail within the Workspace tools and, when we return it, work on it again with a Microsoft app. As if nothing happened.