Microsoft updates Office Online, now available in the Chrome Web Store

Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft has released a major update for Office Online (available on Along with the update, Microsoft has also released their web based Office apps on the Chrome Web Store. You can now add Word Online, PowerPoint Online, and OneNote Online to your Chrome App launcher.

Users of the Chrome web browser and Chrome OS will be able to launch the Office apps and create Office documents online with a single click from their desktops.

With the update to Office online, you will now notice the following new features and improvements to the online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote:

Microsoft Word Online
  • Microsoft has extended commenting to editing mode, so you can make comments and changes at the same time as others.
  • Footnotes and endnotes can now be added inline
  • When 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.
  • You now have the option to download your document as a PDF file and added improvements to make printing easier for users with PDF readers installed on Internet Explorer and Chrome.
  • Improved rendering support for merged and missing cells

Microsoft Excel Online
  • Microsoft has added the ability to insert new comments as well as edit and delete existing comments.
  • You can now open and edit VBA-enabled spreadsheets without removing (or corrupting) the VBA contained in the file.
  • Tell Me feature lets you ask Excel how to do something, and have the relevant commands presented in a simple drop-down list so you can perform your action right away.
  • Added support for the most common way that users hide and unhide rows and columns, using a context menu that appears when you right-click a row or column header - just like in desktop Excel.
  • Min, Max, and Numerical Count aggreregates now available and visible in the status bar configurable - just like in desktop Excel.
  • Enter GoTo (Ctrl+G), a “pro” feature that allows you to quickly type in a reference and jump to that location in the spreadsheet.

Microsoft PowerPoint Online
  • Re-engineered text editor so the layout when editing slides looks more like your final result.
  • Microsoft has also made some performance and video playback optimizations by speeding up advancement of slides in the editor and by adding the ability to play back embedded YouTube videos.

Microsoft OneNote Online

  • You can now print your notes.
  • Multi-column section or page navigation has been added.

Word Online for Chrome Download Microsoft Word Online for Chrome
Create, edit and share Word documents. Work with others on shared projects, in real-time.
PowerPoint Online for Chrome Download Microsoft PowerPoint Online for Chrome
Create, edit and share PowerPoint presentations. Work with others on shared projects in real-time
OneNote Online for Chrome Download Microsoft OneNote Online for Chrome
All your notes in one place and with you, anywhere. Get things done with your friends, family, classmates, and colleagues.

Microsoft Excel Online will be coming to the Chrome Web Store shortly, according to Microsoft.

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