Back in April, Google finally decided to release standalone Docs and Sheets apps for the iPhone and iPad, the former a text editor and the latter a spreadsheet app.
But Google’s mobile productivity efforts are comprised of a trio of apps – Docs, Sheets and Slides, a presentation software. Today at Google I/O, the search company has rounded out the trio with a new Slides for Android app that will be available on iOS “in the coming weeks”…
You can see Slides for iPad on the screenshot above. The Android app is available to download now from Play Store.
More importantly, Slides, Sheets and Docs across mobile and on the web no longer convert Microsoft Office files into Google’s own format!. That’s right, you can now edit Office files without conversion and send back files in their original format.
Collaborating on Office documents directly isn’t possible, however, so you’ll need to convert the files to Docs, Sheets or Slides beforehand. Speaking of collaboration, Google has introduced a new way to collaborate: Suggested Edits.
As the animated GIF above depicts, Suggested Edits gives you more control over collaborative document editing by enabling contributors to make suggestions that you can accept or reject later.
The feature is now available for anyone with commenting access in Google Docs on the web, and is coming soon to Sheets, Slides and Docs apps for iOS and Android.
Finally, Google said that a new Chrome extension is now available to edit and share files directly from Google Drive, Gmail or from your Chromebook.
Both are universal and require iOS 7.0 or later.
As a word of caution, even though the aforementioned updates will be available starting today, it’s a staggered release that’ll take a couple of days to fully roll out.