Microsoft Office Online is coming to the Chrome Web Store

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Microsoft Corporation is launching Office Online on the Chrome Web Store soon. Office Online is a web version of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Office Online already worked in the Chrome browser, but Microsoft decided to make native apps for its productivity software in the browser. The apps are called Word Online, PowerPoint Online, and OneNote Online. The apps can be used for creating new Office documents online with a single click from the desktop. 

Several new features have been added to the Office Online software. Microsoft Excel Online is getting the ability to insert new comments plus the ability to edit and delete existing comments. Microsoft improved support for files that contain Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). This allows users to open and edit VBA enabled spreadsheets without removing or breaking the VBA in the file. Excel Online now has the “Tell Me” functionality, which helps users find relevant commands in a drop down list.

Microsoft is adding commenting to the editing mode in Word Online to allow users to make comments and changes simultaneously with editors and other authors. Word Online is also getting the ability to have footnotes and end notes added inline.

PowerPoint Online was updated so that the slide layout to look more like the final version of your file. Tell Me will be integrated into PowerPoint online as well. OneNote Online will be receiving printing support.