Microsoft Office updates include Skype for Office Online and a trimmer Android app

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Microsoft Integrates Skype With Office Online, Rolls Out An Office Chrome Extension.

the One of the criticisms we levied in our Office 2016 review was how Microsoft could do a better job explaining what improvements it’s continually making to the Office platform.Microsoft today announced its plans to extend the social features of Office by integrating Skype into Office Online, allowing users to communicate by voice and video chat within Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote Online documents, as well as in Outlook.com.

Microsoft today detailed the October feature update for Office, it provided some insight on the new features that are being rolled out to Office Online users. With the integration, users will be able to see and chat with Skype contacts right from within their file, which Microsoft says will help teams better collaborate. Now you can now quickly open or create a new Office Online document from the Chrome extension or use Skype instant messaging or video calling within an open Office document. One major feature included in this update is Skype integration, both video and voice, which significantly improves collaboration between team members using the online Office applications to co-work no matter where they might be in the world.. Microsoft shouted out to all its Office users Thursday, when the company issued a blog post detailing various updates it had made to most of the versions of its productivity suite.

Just last month Microsoft added Skype in-app integration with Office 2016 and at that time it pointed out that it was just the first step, with today’s update the company has taken Skype integration to a whole new level. Blog author Kirk Koenigsbauer, a corporate vice president on the Office team, also implied it would be the first of many future communications to Office users. “Welcome to our first new Office update post in which we share the features we are delivering to our Office customers across Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Office Online,” he wrote.

Microsoft also rolled out a new Chrome browser extension, which makes it easier to quickly access or create new Office documents with a click on Chrome’s toolbar. If you do choose to use messages, however, Skype will now connect your message history to the document, so you can pick up where you left off last time you opened a document.

The company last month introduced Skype for Business (previously Lync) into Office 2016 on the Windows desktop, at the time promising that a similar Office Online integration was planned for later this fall. Microsoft says that this creates a more natural and collaborative experience if multiple people are working on a project because it allows them to co-author and have a conversation at the same time from within that document.

Today, Microsoft is announcing Skype for Office Online, but notes that it will be available worldwide to anyone with a Microsoft account starting in November. We may rest assured that Microsoft will support Office on Windows, but delivering updates to, say, Office on Android, portrays Microsoft as a platform-agnostic developer—one that leaves no room for smaller developers to muscle in.

This is an interesting shot against Google and its rival Google Apps suite of productivity tools, as Microsoft is actually taking advantage of Google’s popular web browser and its extensibility as a way to connect users to its competing Office suite.

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