If Google can do this, so can Microsoft. And that’s kind of what just happened.
In order to give users a quick and convenient way to launch Office Online apps, Microsoft has just released a bunch of apps on Chrome Web Store. These apps are just like most other apps that work like a shortcut to the real site.
By default, every Chrome browser is equipped with some built-in Chrome Apps such as YouTube and Google Docs. A click to that document app leads to open a new document in Google Drive (formerly Docs) giving you a clean new document to work on that saves by the second. Microsoft’s apps work the same way. If you install the apps, they’ll show up in your Chrome App launcher and in chrome://apps URL. You can click to open a new document, sheet, presentation, note in the respective services of Word Online, Excel Online, PowerPoint Online and OneNote Online.
Google has already introduced a Chrome OS-like user-interface into Windows 8 and 8.1 version of Chrome browser that gives users a heads up experience of what it’s like to be on a Chromebook. Users can relaunch Chrome in Windows 8 mode from the menu to see this in effect. While Microsoft’s Chrome apps for Office Online apps does not go to that length, it sure will help users who likes Office Online apps more than Google Drive.
If you happen to be one of them, you can find links to install apps in the following list:
- Word Online on Chrome Web Store
- Excel Online on Chrome Web Store
- PowerPoint Online on Chrome Web Store
- OneNote Online on Chrome Web Store
Are you going to use Office Online instead of Google Drive? If yes, why?