I believe most of the Gmail users will not find strange about Google Docs Viewer when viewing files such as PDFs, Microsoft Word documents or PowerPoint files in Gmail. Google Docs is online documents or web-based documents that work across various Operating Systems such as Windows, Mac and Linux.
What is Google Docs?
Google Docs is an online document editor for Word, Spreadsheet and Presentation. It allows you to create, store and share easily online with other people. All the Google Docs can be accessed easily from any PC and collaborate in real-time. Google Docs is free to use and you can decide the access rights for each document that created by you such as viewer or editor access. If you still don’t understand about Google Docs, you probably can watch the below Google Docs video in plain English.
Google Docs Viewer is now supporting 12 new file formats in Google Docs according to Google Docs Blog. These new file formats are as below:
1) Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX)
2) Microsoft PowerPoint 2007/2010 (.PPTX)
3) Apple Pages (.PAGES)
4) Adobe Illustrator (.AI)
5) Adobe Photoshop (.PSD)
6) Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF)
7) Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG)
8) PostScript (.EPS, .PS)
9) TrueType (.TTF)
10) XML Paper Specification (.XPS)
Therefore, Google Docs Viewer now can support major Microsoft Office files (Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint) no matter in old or newer file types. Besides that, you will notice these documents or images have a “View” link in Gmail to let you preview them easily. Just clicking it and you are able to view them in Google Docs Viewer.