August 14, 2022

What you need to know

  • Google announced a new feature for Workspace users working with Microsoft Office files.
  • Google Docs/Sheets/Slides users can now edit Office files offline.
  • After changes are made, they will sync to the Drive once an active connection is established again.

On Monday, Google announced that it is enabling offline syncing for opened Microsoft Office documents for its Workspace users. In an accompanying blog post, the search giant mentioned that the new possibility is a continuation of what it announced in 2019, which allowed MS Office files to work in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. 

This week, Google is extending that support by allowing Workspace users to work offline on Microsoft Office files on their desktops or laptops, which is especially helpful when they’re struggling to get on a Wi-Fi or data connection.