Google Drive Gains OpenOffice File Format Support

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Sometimes announcements are made, and you can't help but think to yourself, "How wasn't this already a thing?" Google made such an announcement this week in a Google+ post (as it so often does these days).

Google Drive now supports importing of OpenOffice file formats. Office users are also getting improved functionality. Google wrote (via 9to5Google):

We’ve been listening to your feedback, and we’re happy to say that we now offer support for importing all three major ODF (Open) file formats: .odt files for documents, .ods for spreadsheets, and .odp for presentations.

Not only that, but we’re wrapping up the year with a few more Office-friendly improvements: we support more complex SmartArt from older Powerpoint presentations, and last week’s updates are also now import/export friendly, with support for merged cells in Word and slide numbers in Powerpoint.

Google has been making quite a few helpful tweaks to Google Drive of late. Both the Android and iOS apps have gotten some new features in addition to more Gmail support. Google also added My Maps to Drive.

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