Businesses are expected to make a choice regarding
which solutions they will utilize. Typically they choose between Google’s or
Microsoft’s productivity solutions. The unfortunate side of the choice is that
they are often used exclusively, meaning there was little interoperability
between the two. Nowadays, however, Google is moving to allow users to edit
Microsoft Office files in Google Docs.

How it Worked In the Past

Office files could technically be edited in
Google Docs before, but they had to be converted into a Google-friendly file
format. Once the conversion is finished, Google’s collaboration tools can be
used to edit and comment on the file. There was also the option to use a
limited toolset through Office Compatibility Mode.

Unfortunately, this method isn’t particularly
convenient, especially for businesses, where extra steps means extra time spent
on something that adds up in the long run. For the sake of collaboration and
compatibility, Google is working on native support for some of the
Microsoft-exclusive file formats, which is a considerable development to say
the least.

According to Google, its programs will be
compatible with the following file formats:

Word
filetypes:
.doc, .docx, .dot

PowerPoint
filetypes:
.ppt, .pptx, .pps, .pot

Excel
filetypes:
.xls, .xlsx, .xlsm, .xlt

Other Collaborative Google
Updates

In addition to Microsoft’s various file types,
Google intends to include similar features that will be implemented through
Dropbox Business.

What Does This Mean for Your
Business?

The one big way that this could affect your business is through enhanced collaboration. You should still keep your internal solutions standardized, but the one big takeaway from this is that, if you were to use Google for your operations, you wouldn’t have to worry that your solution isn’t compatible with other solutions on the market. Of course, whether Microsoft gets the hint and makes a similar move is yet to be determined. Emerge can equip your business with any solution it needs to stay competitive and productive. To learn more, reach out to us at 859-746-1030.