How are attached MS Office files treated for concurrent editing?

This question is in reference to Atlassian Documentation: Edit Office Files

How are files locked when we click on "edit in office" in an attachment page? Will concurrent changes to the same document by multiple editors be merged or not? What is required to merge concurrent edit changes (e.g does it assume somethign from Microsoft on the server). The documentation is unclear here.

If we want to prevent users editing the same document at the same time do we still need the Arsenale Lockpoint Macro for this?

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Will the Office Connector support concurrent editing of office files in the future?

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Steven Behnke Community Champion Mar 06, 2016

Confluence doesn't lock files when you use the Edit in Office function. You download a copy of the file. When you save the file, the new one is uploaded as a new version of the attachment. There is no way to merge attachment changes from what I can imagine.

Confluence Pages support page merging. Confluence Pages will support live concurrent editing soon.

Hi Steven, Any update on this concurent editing feature for MSfile uploaded to confluence page. I felt this feature is really useful. Is there any progress since this blog is raised one year ago


Since concurrent editing of Office documents is not possible or clunky at best, is there a way to block muliple people opening and editing the document at the same time?

Hi Steven, I see a JIRA was created for this issue, back in 2012! How can we get this prioritized?

Ann Worley Atlassian Team Jan 26, 2018

Hi @Alvin Lim, I hope you don't mind my barging in on your thread, hoping to help. I understand you would like to see the issue Concurrent editing of files for the Office Connector prioritized. Please see our Atlassian Bug Fixing Policy

Please emphasize the importance of this suggestion by commenting or voting on the Jira issue as that will communicate directly with the development team responsible for choosing features. Voting and/or commenting will also add you to notifications for the suggestion so you will know when there is progress. 

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