Google‘s Office suite has been able to use Microsoft Office files for some time, but the company has recently been committed to improving the user experience. Last month, it started to make editing functions easier to access Office files stored in Drive, and now it announced new features that can create greater synergy between Gmail, Drive and Office files.
In order to simplify the editing of Microsoft Office files sent through Gmail, Google has added a shortcut to Gmail that allows you to jump into the editing interface and make changes faster.
Office files in Gmail will get a new edit icon, and you can open them directly in “Documents”, “Tables” or “Slides” with one click.
In addition to the new shortcuts, Google will also remember when the file was attached to the email. In Office editing mode, a new section named “Email” will appear in the “File” drop-down menu.
After making changes to the document, you can use the new option to reply to the original email containing the updated file, or you can compose a new email with attachments. You can also use it to quickly revisit the original email.
The new Office editing features will be rolled out starting today, but it may take a week or two to display eligible accounts.
Google said that Workspace Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard and Enterprise Plus as well as G Suite Basic, Business, Education, Enterprise for Education and Nonprofits customers will be upgraded. Hopefully, it can also be used for daily Google accounts soon.