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Your Chromebook Can Now Open .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, and .pptx Files Offline

Chrome OS beta channel received an updated recently which enables Chromebooks to open MS Office files without an internet connection. We will soon see this in a stable release, making this feature available to all Chromebook users. I am not sure about CR48 users though. Sorry Cougar Abogado

This is a very important update because this comes out when we are all waiting for the next set of Chrombooks to be out. So, when the announce the new set of devices, they will be able to give a better answer to those who argued that Chromebooks are not of much use when they are not connected.

Chrome OS Offline File Editor

Chrome OS Offline File Editor

This feature along with the new desktop experience, and Google Drive integration will make Chromebooks a better choice. Now, bring down the price, I am sure the market for Chrome OS devices will go way up.

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  1. How are you suppose to open them though? Chrome OS cannot run Microsoft Word etc.

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    @Dinu, I think he is asking how does Chrome OS view these files as it does not have any native apps such as OFfice 2010.

    • As far as I can see, it is opened in the browser it self… I saw a screenshot on the forum just now…

      You need the native client enabled from chrome://flags page.

    • Exactly! Sorry I should have been more clear.

  3. Thanks for the shout-out, Dinu. Actually, the Cr-48 opens the files just fine (at least the doc I tried). On the other hand, when on earth are we going to see offline editing? Hopefully in my lifetime! :)

    Moreover, I’m unsure how I feel about the new interface. For a number of reasons, I think I prefer the older:

  4. What about ODF?

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