Google has announced a new feature for its productivity suite that could help lure customers away from Microsoft 365†
As explained in the last blog post (opens in new tab)users will now benefit from the ability to edit Microsoft Office files from within Google Workspace (née G Suite) without the need for an internet connection.
“When your device is offline, you can now edit, comment, and collaborate on Office files with Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Any changes made to files offline are then synced to Drive once you’re connected again,” explains Google. “The feature brings the collaboration benefits of Google Workspace to Microsoft Office files.”
Google Workspace vs Microsoft 365
Since the birth of G Suite in 2006, Google has competed directly with Microsoft in the office software space, taking on its infamous rival, which houses Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc., among others.
One of the defining features of Microsoft’s offerings is the tight integration between apps and services, which extends all the way to the Windows operating system that most business computers run on.
But then Google stole a march on its rival when it came to the real-time collaboration model, where software is served via the cloud, which has proved paramount since the move to remote and hybrid work.
Recently provided data to: TechRadar Pro marked the significant gap that continues to separate the couple, with 58% of businesses opting for Microsoft 365 and just 15% for Google Workspace.
While the research focused solely on the US, the findings are supported by global financial institutions. In the first quarter of 2022, Google’s cloud services segment (which includes Workspace) brought in $5 billion in revenue, while Microsoft’s productivity segment accounted for $15 billion.
In an effort to catch up, Google had to come up with creative ways to make its own suite more appealing to those already embedded in the Microsoft ecosystem.
For example, since the start of the pandemic, the company has been working to introduce new synergies between its various services to develop a “deeper integrated user experience” capable of competing with its competitor’s offerings.
The latest update, meanwhile, focuses on facilitating the transition between Microsoft and Google services. While Workspace has enabled users to import Office documents for years, the ability to edit offline will bring greater comfort to those concerned about the constant need to process Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files when working with them. customers and partners work.
The new feature is currently rolling out and should come into effect for all Google account holders by mid-July 2022.