An anonymous reader writes "Google today announced a huge change for Google Apps, including its Business, Education, and Government editions. As of October 1, users will no longer have the ability to download documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in old Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .xls, .ppt)."
The perils of cloud computing; LibreOffice will probably be the best conversion utility at that point. Apropos: Reader akumpf
writes with an essay about the dangers of letting our data and our tools be hosted by the same provider