Google released an official Chrome extension in beta today to enable Chrome users on Windows and Mac open MS Office documents like Word, Excel and Power point on Chrome browser itself.
If you use a Chromebook, you’ve already been enjoying the ability to open Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files directly in your browser. Starting today, we’re excited to bring this same functionality to Chrome on Windows and Mac.
Here is the official description, with features of the extension.
Chrome Office Viewer (beta) is a speedy, more secure way to view Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files in your browser with a single click.
To open Microsoft Office files, you’d typically need to install additional software. With the Chrome Office Viewer (beta) extension, clicking an Office file on the web will open it directly in Chrome – identical to Chrome’s PDF Viewer.
Why This is Cool
For starters, it saves time. I always have Chrome open when I am using the PC. If I can open a MS Word file on Chrome, I can save the time that an additional program takes to launch and open the file.
Chrome uses the sandboxing technique to keep the tab isolated from other tabs. So if someone sends you an MS office file with malware, Chrome adds a layer of security around you.
In addition to saving you time, the Chrome Office Viewer also protects you from malware delivered via Office files. Just like with web pages and PDFs, we’ve added a specialized sandbox to impede attackers who use compromised Office files to try to steal private information or monitor your activities.