Directly open Office editing from shared links


Now, when you create links to shared Microsoft Office files stored in Drive, they will open directly in Google Docs, Sheets or Slides. Previously, Office files would open in a preview mode first — this streamlined experience allows you to begin editing and collaborating on these files faster. 

This change also updates the alternateLink and webViewLink fields for shared links in the Google Drive API. 

Admins: There is no admin control for this feature. 

End users: This change will take place by default when opening compatible Office files from shared links on the web.

Rapid and Scheduled Release domains: Gradual rollout (up to 21 days for feature visibility) starting on July 30, 2021 

Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers 

Google Workspace Updates


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