Microsoft Office to Google Docs conversion is better

While Google Docs isn’t a bad product, it has a long way to go before it can compete with Microsoft’s Office suites and products. Not that you can’t work with Google Docs, but converting certain document formats from Office to Google Docs format would ultimately lose formatting and functionality along the way.

So when Google acquired Quickoffice in June, they began work on making it easier for you to work with legacy Microsoft Office file types, both by converting them to Google Docs and editing them in Quickoffice.

While the option to convert the popular document formats, into Google Docs, was always there, adding Quickoffice’s conversion tech has allowed Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files to look better when manipulating them in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. You can see from the screenshot alone, the formatting and additional image and graph are seen in Sheets as they would be in Microsoft’s Excel.

For the people sharing and collaborating documents with users who have not yet adopted Google Docs, the Quickoffice iPad app is now freely available to all Apps for Business customers. This means you can open and edit any Office file stored in Google Drive right on your iPad.

With these improvements, Google is making it easier to get work done, on any device, when you need to.

Source and Image: Google Enterprise Blog

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But it can't convert .doc because google are a bunch of dumb gimps and remove compatibility for absolutely NO reason at all!

You act like Word doesn't add a bunch of crap. Have you ever copied and pasted FROM Word into a webpage. It's HORRIBLE. All the text markup. You HAVE to use Paste from Word (assuming the editor has that option).

n_K said,
But it can't convert .doc because google are a bunch of dumb gimps and remove compatibility for absolutely NO reason at all!

I thought they delayed dropping compatibility due to the uproar.

Pftt does anyone actually use google docs to create anything? The interface is ugly as hell and features are heavily limited, give me office web apps or the proper MS office any day!

68k said,
I like it how Google Docs auto saves everything you do. It's a very reliable system.

In all fairness, is there an office suite in existence that doesn't offer autosave? o.O

Meh, with Office Web Apps accessed through SkyDrive, I get everything in one place for the email address I've already been using (even before Outlook.com) AND get those files synced across my devices.

Or just use skydrive.com to create and edit this stuff. Even the web app versions are still much better than Googles attempt.

1Pixel said,
Or just use skydrive.com to create and edit this stuff. Even the web app versions are still much better than Googles attempt.

Sad, but true. I really do wish it were possible for a true, open document standard, where editors could compete on services and productivity, but the demand for active content in documents is so large that standardization is insanely elusive.

In business, I just plain cannot imagine working without a scripting language, and good freakin' luck standardizing something like THAT.

So does Google now allows editing Microsoft Office and OpenDocument file formats directly instead of having to to convert them to .gdoc format? Oh wait, Google still insists on converting them!

Why is that at least Google doesn;t want to at least support OpenDocument format? No editing of OpenDocument format is a deal-breaker for me. Libre Office is a far better alternative of Microsoft Office then.

Nope, if I upload an .odt or a .doc file, and tell Google Doc not to convert it, I can only view it, and not edit it.