Editing Microsoft Office files in Google Docs is a hassle. You can see them there, but previously you had to convert them to the Google format before you could edit, comment and collaborate within Docs. It's about to change: Google has just announced that it is adding native support for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint formats, such as .docx, .xls and .ppt, which will allow you to perform a real-time collaboration in Google Docs, Spreadsheets and Slides.
This morning, Google announced that support would come to commercial versions of those applications at this time, namely G Suite, but now the company tells The Verge that they are coming to regular users too, as early as this month. G Suite customers should see support begin to be implemented in April or May, according to the launch schedule that your company prefers.
Here is the complete list of supported file types, according to Google:
Word files: .doc, .docx, .dot
Excel files: .xls, .xlsx , .xlsm (Excel files enabled for macros), .xlt
PowerPoint files: .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .pot
Yesterday, Google announced that it would allow you to create and collaborate in the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides files through Dropbox Business as well.
Update, 7:15 PM ET: Native support added. Office files are also available for regular users of Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.