Microsoft Rolls Out Major Office Online Update, Now Available in Chrome Web Store

Redmond has just released a major pack of improvements for Office Online

By on April 15th, 2014 08:11 GMT

Office Online is still a fresh product on the market, after the rebranding process that took place one month ago, but Microsoft is hard at work to implement new features that could help users improve productivity right in their browsers.

The company today rolled out a major set of improvements for Office Online, which is now available in the Chrome Web Store to allow everyone to download it with ease.

“Office Online works great in all browsers, but for those of you who use Chrome, you can now add Word Online, PowerPoint Online and OneNote Online to your Chrome App launcher to create new Office documents online with a single click from your desktop. As easy as that. Excel Online will be coming to the web store shortly,” Microsoft says.

Word Online now comes with commenting, improved footnotes and lists, all of which are supposed to make working in the browser-based version of Microsoft Word more productive.

“When you’re making a list, if you’re directly below an existing numbered list and start typing, your next line automatically becomes part of the list—just like in desktop Word,” the company adds.

PowerPoint Online has also received some significant performance improvements and video playback optimizations, with all updates to be rolled out this week for all users. You can now play embedded YouTube videos right in PowerPoint, the company promised, while editing sliders should be performed faster.

Excel Online has also been enhanced with improved support for files that contain VBA, but also with Tell Me that provides guidance on a number of built-in features and thus make the most of the productivity suite easier.

Last but not least, OneNote Online now supports printing, which was one of the most requested features for users of the Office Online suite.

“You asked for it, and now you are getting printing! All those notes from classes that you want to put in your binder? Grocery lists that you want to stick on your refrigerator? One click. Printed. Done,” Redmond continued.

Office Online was rebranded last month, as Microsoft decided to pick a different name for Office Web Apps in order to better emphasize the purpose of the browser-based productivity suite. As one could easily figure out, it comes with a freeware license and can be used with any modern browser out there, including Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox although Microsoft obviously hopes you to use it in Internet Explorer.

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