Anyone who has been using the Google Chrome OS has been able to open Microsoft Office documents in their web browser. Now Google has announced that they will offer a plug-in that allows anyone using a Windows or even Mac OS to have this feature work in their Chrome browser as well.
According to Webmonkey.com, this new feature is still in beta stage and can be used when you have installed Chrome 27 or higher. You would download and install the new Office Viewer (also a beta) right from the Chrome Store. Webmonkey warns us that there are still “rough edges” with the plug-in that need to be addressed before it’s ready for prime time.
The new Office Viewer will be able to open any documents with the extension of .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx. I’d imagine that once the kinks are worked out, this plug-in would eventually be part of most browser’s standard features like the ability to open PDF files already is.
For more info see: http://www.webmonkey.com/