Microsoft makes Office Online available in Chrome Web Store

Microsoft is making the Web versions of its Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote apps available to users through the Chrome Web Store.
Written by Mary Jo Foley, Senior Contributing Editor

Microsoft's Office Online -- the Webified and free versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote -- are coming to the Chrome Web Store.


Office Online, which is the renamed Office Web Apps, already worked in the Chrome browser, as well as Internet Explorer and Safari. But Microsoft is going a step further and allowing Chrome users to add Word Online, PowerPoint Online and OneNote Online to their Chrome App launchers to "create new Office documents online with a single click from your desktop." (Excel Online will be coming to the Chrome Web Store, too "shortly," according to an April 14 Office Blogs post.

Microsoft is making some additional enhancements to Office Online, as well, today's blog post notes.

Excel Online is getting the ability to insert new comments, plus editing and deleting of existing comments. Microsoft also has improved support for files containing VBA (Visual Basic for Applications), allowing users to open and edit VBA-enabled spreadsheets without removing or breaking the VBA in the file.

Excel Online also now has the "Tell Me" functionality that helps users find relevant commands in a drop-down list form, the same way Word Online does. (Microsoft announced that this capability would be part of Excel Online in January 2014.)

Microsoft is adding commenting to the editing mode in Word Online, allowing users to make comments and changes simultaneously with other co-authors/editors. Microsoft also has simplified footnotes and endnotes so that users can add them inline, according to the blog post.

PowerPoint Online is being updated so that slide layout looks more like what the final result will be after editing. PowerPoint Online also gets the aforementioned Tell Me functionality.

OneNote Online is getting printing support with the latest bunch of updates, as well.

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