Microsoft Word Online

Microsoft has made Office Online available on the Google Chrome Web Store. While Office Online has always worked in Chrome, Chrome users install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote Online in the Chrome App Launcher. Office Online will go head-to-head with Google's productivity apps right in Google's own store.

In addition to the arrival in the Chrome Web Store, Office Online has received some major updates today. Word Online has added commenting to editing mode. Footnotes and end notes are also simpler to work with, and can be added inline. Word Online will now add text that you started typing directly under a numbered list a part of that list.

Commenting has also been enhanced in Excel Online. Users can now add new comments, as well as edit and delete existing comments. Support for VBA files has also been added to Excel, and the app is gaining the Tell Me feature, previously only available in Word Online, which gives users a set of applicable commands when they ask how to complete a task.

Smaller updates have been made to PowerPoint and OneNote Online. Like Excel, PowerPoint Online now has Tell Me support, along with a performance boost and a re-engineered text editor. OneNote has added printing support and multi-column section and page navigation.

You can take a look at all of these changes, as well as Office Online on the Chrome Web Store, right now.

Source: Microsoft


Reader comments

Office Online arrives in the Chrome Web Store


Yes, office online is free. It's limited in features compared with the full version. But most average users can probably get by just fine with the free online versions.

I can't tell if you are serious or being sarcastic? Drive is only good for tiny documents. It is terrible at something beyond simple documents. Terrible. Pretty much why Drive right now won't displace Office.

B-b-b-b-b-ut those Pawn Star guys and other Microsoft shills told me that my Chromebook can't run Office! They wouldn't have lied, would they?

My son got through an entire two semesters of freshman year at his university just using the online version (now That's why I find the whole anti-Chrome thing to be pretty amusing.

Bet you it won't work offline on a Chromebook like some of the GApps. Would be curious to see how MS addresses this and whether they'll still play the whole 'Chromebooks can't be offline' and still keep blaming it on Google.

I completely understand why Microsoft is doing this, but at the same time, they're destroying their own arguments against Chromebooks. If I didn't need windows for adb to unlock bootloaders and push root to my phones, I wouldn't even have a Windows machine.

It doesn't matter. MS is doing the same service distribution Google has been doing for iOS to their benefit. And people use Office extensively.

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Sure it matters. All those people, that so extensively use office, can now get a large part of the Office Suite, albeit a truncated version, without actually purchasing a Windows machine.

The people who are using Office the way it is meant to be used can't get their work done with the free online version. The popular misconception is that Office is simply a way to create spreadsheets and create documents. Does nobody question how some of the data gets into Word from other sources? The free version simply doesn't cut it, just like Google Docs and iWorks don't.

If you're looking at it through the eyes of a consumer, you can use Notepad and don't even need to waste your time with anything else if you're just word processing. If you're legitimately creating work, you need Office. Full Office. The free version won't get it done, unless you're doing light editing and viewing. That is it.

So, wait...All those papers I type for school in Google Docs aren't real work? Or are you just throwing a hyperbolic fit? God forbid one should use Word for word processing.

I'm being an ass, but I get you're point. The fact of the matter is, you're in the 10% (if that much) who are power users. The other 90% use Word for word processing. Plain and simple. And your assertion that if you're using Word for word processing then you're not using it "the way it is meant to be used" is asinine.

Yeah, this is essentially the same. As much as I love ChromeOS, they're just glorified short cuts. Not actual packaged apps.

This is the new Microsoft. Nadella is a very different animal than Ballmer. Instead of trying to out apple apple I suspect they'll start trying to out Google Google. It's the right direction for them.

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Use Crouton to immediately switch between Chrome and a full Linux interface. Then you can have ADB when needed. You can also dual boot with Ubunutu, although that would require a restart to switch between them.

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From my Chromebook accessing the Chrome web store, i can find apps for Word, Powerpoint, OneDrive, but no Excel. Anyone else have no Excel app? Weird

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I don't think it is. It's just like going to vs clicking the app shortcut for YouTube.

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