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Microsoft releases a Chrome extension for managing Office docs

by Jacob Kleinman | October 30, 2015October 30, 2015 12:40 pm PST

Microsoft’s own Edge browser won’t get extensions until next year but, in the meantime, the company is rolling out a fresh feature for Google Chrome. The new browser extension makes it easier to manage all your online Office documents and create new ones with a few quick clicks.

Once you install it, Office Online will sit in the top right corner of Chrome with your other extensions. Click it to launch a menu with options to create a new document, open an old one, and jump straight to your account or settings. You can also choose to open online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Sway.

Beyond the new Chrome extension, Microsoft also announced a few other improvements to Office. Starting next month, the company is adding Skype integration into Office Online, so you can stay in touch with your colleagues while working on a document together. It supports text-based chat along with voice and video calls. Other Office updates include an upgraded Navigation pane for Word Online and a leaner version of Office on Android that takes up less space on your phone or tablet.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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