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.

What’s in our wishlist now?


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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • Kurt 20/04/2012, 10:05 pm

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

    • Dinu 20/04/2012, 11:04 pm

      Yes, Chrome OS will open it for you 🙂

      • Cougar Abogado 21/04/2012, 5:03 am

        I can appreciate the amazement/confusion, Kurt. On the other hand, consider this: Google can preview docs, etc. in browsers.

      • Kurt 21/04/2012, 9:09 am

        My question is how? What program will it be running to open it? Google Docs? Asking because it usually doesn’t format previous docs correctly.

        • Dinu 21/04/2012, 9:18 am

          uhmm I am unsure about this.. I will check it and let you know..

  • link6155 20/04/2012, 11:51 pm

    @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.

    • Dinu 21/04/2012, 9:32 am

      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.

    • Kurt 21/04/2012, 8:51 pm

      Exactly! Sorry I should have been more clear.

  • Cougar Abogado 21/04/2012, 5:01 am

    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:

  • mirek2 22/04/2012, 3:06 pm

    What about ODF?

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