Microsoft has added a new Google Chrome extension to the Webstore. The new extension, called “Office Online” adds an icon on the toolbar that helps you easily create new Office documents, Excel Sheets, Word Documents or PowerPoint presentations using Microsoft’s online service. From the blogpost:
We want to bring Office to you wherever you are. If you use Chrome, there is a new extension that lets you create and open Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Sway documents using Office Online right from the Chrome browser. You can also use the extension to open and view existing Office documents stored on OneDrive, on OneDrive for Business and on your computer right from Chrome. Click here using the Chrome browser to get the new Office Online extension.
Sounds good. But what I did not understand was how different these were from the extensions that Microsoft already has in the Chrome Webstore:
I decided to test and here is what I found out. The new extension consolidates all those 4 extensions and packs everything into one. You have a new Settings icon which currently does not do anything.
You have a little more information available, like for One Note for example, you can see your Notebooks from the extension menu itself, that saves you one step, visiting the Web version of the service and choosing the Notebook to open.
It is a welcome change. One extension instead of 4 of them. Easier to maintain and add new features too. Any happy Microsoft Office online users here?