Microsoft is starting to frequently jump onto other operating systems with their products lately. First they brought Office onto the iPad after a long wait, and now they have put Office Online in the Chrome Web Store.
Just to be clear though – what this all amounts to are only bookmarks to Office Online, Microsoft’s answer to Google Docs. When you install these Chrome plugins, all you really get are nice shiny new bookmarks on your Chrome start page.
Each one leads to its online equivalent, but before you can use it, you need to sign in with a Microsoft account, or create a new one. But once you’ve signed in, it’s all free to use, and the functionality is amazing for something you would pay a lot of money to install as separate software.
The only way in which it really differs from Google Docs is that, while Google Docs provides the means for direct uploads of documents, Office Online only allows you to open Word documents via OneDrive. If you have a Microsoft account (Hotmail or Live), then you will automatically have a OneDrive account (previously known as Skydrive). So just upload your file to OneDrive then open it in Office Online. A slightly more convoluted method but it only really adds a couple more extra clicks to your process.
Let us know in the comments what you think of Microsoft’s version of Google Docs. Do you see it as a serious contender in the cloud document editing wars?
Source: 9to5 Google