In a continued effort to make its Office productivity suite more easily accessible to a wider audience, Microsoft
has made the web versions of its Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote apps available to download through Google's Chrome Web Store. This boils down to an added convenience for Chrome users.
As Microsoft points out in a blog post announcing the migration to the Chrome Web Store, "Office Online works great in all browsers" already. However, those who primarily use Chrome can now add World Online, PowerPoint Online, and OneNote Online to their Chrome App launcher to create new Office documents online with a single click from their desktop.
This is especially handy for people who own (or plan to purchase) a Chromebox or Chromebook device
. Such gadgets are increasing in popularity due to their low cost and growing flexibility. The ASUS Chromebox
, for example, runs just $179, while Chromebooks start at around $199.
An interesting side note here is that Microsoft had previously been on an anti-Google mission with its "Scroogled" campaign. Part of Microsoft's focus was on the all the things a Chromebook couldn't do, like run Microsoft Office. According to a recent ZDNet article
, Microsoft dropped some hints that it's done with its Scroogled advertisements, at least for the time being.
In any event, hit the following links to download Word
, and OneNote
from the Chrome Web Store.