Google today gave its Drive online storage service a major redesign today and with it, it is also bringing a number of new features to its Docs, Sheets and Slides productivity apps on mobile and the desktop.
Maybe most importantly, Google has now built Quickoffice‘s technology, which the company acquired almost exactly two years ago, right into its productivity apps. This means you can now open and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files in their native format thanks to the new Office Compatibility Mode. Just like Google’s Sundar Pichai promised more than a year ago, Quickoffice in the browser will use Google’s Native Client technology to render documents quickly in Chrome. Because of this, however, this feature won’t work in any other browser for the time being. While Google is also building Quickoffice into the Drive Android apps, iOS users will still have to wait a little bit longer.
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