Google Drive adds plug-in for Microsoft Office files

Microsoft Office, in particular, has been extending its reach through a bevy of cloud integrations in the last year.

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Google Drive is tacking on a new plug-in that brings its users closer to their files made in the Microsoft Office suite.

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The set-up is quite simple and familiar. Basically, anyone running Office on Windows can now open Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents stored in Google Drive, edit them locally in Office apps, and then save any changes back to Drive.

Microsoft Office, in particular, has been extending its reach through a bevy of cloud integrations in the last year.

Among some of the most prominent include closer ties to some newer cloud storage and collaboration platforms growing in popularity, such as Dropbox and Box.

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Again, available for Windows users only right now, the Google Drive plug-in is available to download now.

Mac users received some attention earlier this month when the new version of Office for Mac rolled out.

Available first for Office 365 subscribers, the 2016 edition consisted of new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote.

The successor to Office 2011 for Mac, the 2016 version has been in public preview since March.

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