Gmail adds Microsoft Office document editing feature inside of your inbox

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As Microsoft pushes Office on every platform these days, Google is now trying to steer away users from using the popular suite of applications. On a new Gmail update, Google is announcing that is now letting users edit Microsoft Office documents attachments from the inbox.

Starting immediately, users can click the new “edit” option by hovering the attachment, and Gmail will convert the file to Google’s format, uploading the file to Google Drive, which users can then continue editing and sharing with other people.

Edit Office on Gmail

If you don’t want Google converting the file type, the company recommends you use the Office Editing Chrome extension. The extension isn’t new, it’s been around for a while, and it allows you to edit Microsoft Office documents while preserving its original format using Chrome.

Also Google Docs now supports 15 new Office file types including: pps and ppsx, macro-enabled files, and template files.

Though, this is a convenient way to edit files on your inbox if you don’t have Office installed. But remember that you can always download the document received on Gmail and edit it using Office Online.

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