||06-28-2013 03:39 PM
Chrome OS dev channel gains Quickoffice powers, lets users edit native Excel and Word
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Google has added native Microsoft Office file editing to the dev channel for Chrome OS. The addition means Chrome OS users on the latest build of the company’s browser-based operating system can now experiment with editing Microsoft Word and Excel files.
The addition was first noted by developer and Google open-source Chromium evangelist François Beaufort. He points to a Chromium code review that merely states “Improved Quickoffice editing about:flag.”
It’s unclear why PowerPoint has not received the same treatment; we can only speculate that Google simply didn’t focus its resources on it as much. Given that this technology is based on the company’s QuickOffice acquisition in June 2012, however, it’s fair to say Word, Excel, and PowerPoint will all be supported in due time.
If you have a Chromebook or other Chrome OS device on the dev channel, you can try this out by doing the following:
Navigate to chrome://flags.
Click on Enable below the “Enable document editing” entry.
You’ll be prompted to “Restart Now” after which you will get access to the feature.