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Google Adds Microsoft Word, Excel Editing To Latest Chrome OS Build 72

Posted by timothy
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An anonymous reader writes "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 dev channel for Chrome OS is updated once or twice weekly. Since the feature has made it in there, it's likely to show up in the beta channel, and then eventually the stable channel. Today's news that Google is already working on editing, and not just viewing, Microsoft Office documents in Chrome OS is very interesting because of the potential. Maybe by the end of year, the functionality will make it into the Chrome browser, too."
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Google Adds Microsoft Word, Excel Editing To Latest Chrome OS Build

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  • Does not mean creating, so if you need to change a few numbers without actually needing to make a spreadsheet you are in luck

    • Does not mean creating

      In this case, it's actually supposed to mean precisely that.

    • Yeah, and editing doesn't mean saving, right? Maybe that's going to be added in some future version, as they haven't specifically mentioned it here.
    • by jon3k (691256)
      That should be easy enough to fix, you just need a blank word and excel document you can make copies of.
  • by kawabago (551139) on Saturday June 29, 2013 @04:21AM (#44140751)
    Google is striking at Microsoft's heart. About time.
    • by bogaboga (793279)

      Not so fast! All MS has to do is to tweak Google's targeted file formats. It's worked in the past... don't see why it won't work yet again.

        • DoSpacingLikeWord95

          How does that work again?

      • by zmahk31 (33160)

        If Google gets this onto enough devices, then little by little they will dictate the de-facto standard for OOXML, i.e., how it's "really" supposed to work and render beyond the ECMA paperwork, and Microsoft will have to make sure that their programs will be Google compatible. Google might just have enough market share to fully commoditize word processors and spread sheets, something that OO/LO started but did not get beyond the tipping point.

    • by stephanruby (542433) on Saturday June 29, 2013 @04:45AM (#44140819)

      I don't understand. What does this do that Google Docs/Drive doesn't already do?

      Will this get us pixel-perfect wysiwyg editing of Microsoft Documents?

      Somehow, I doubt it. Google Docs/Drive doesn't even get that right for PDF documents. I doubt it will get that right for Microsoft Word Documents, which by design are much much worst than PDF documents.

      • by kthreadd (1558445)

        It's interesting if it's part of Chromium since that would mean it's open source. Google Docs is unfortunately proprietary, so it's kind of useless if you want to use free software.

        • by Lennie (16154)

          That was my first thought too, but I don't see it in the Chromium code base.

          The change that is refered to in the article is just enabling the use of the application. Which might mean probably it's just available in ChromeOS (and later in Chrome).

          Maybe I'm just looking in the wrong place...

      • Will this get us pixel-perfect wysiwyg editing of Microsoft Documents?

        Probably not; heck, even Microsoft Office isn't pixel-perfect wysiwig.

        OTOH, QuickOffice, which is what Google is porting to NaCl to do this, is a higher-fidelity editor for the Microsoft Office formats than import-to-Docs, edit, export-as-Office.

      • by Colonel Korn (1258968) on Saturday June 29, 2013 @11:46AM (#44142369)

        I don't understand. What does this do that Google Docs/Drive doesn't already do?

        Will this get us pixel-perfect wysiwyg editing of Microsoft Documents?

        Somehow, I doubt it. Google Docs/Drive doesn't even get that right for PDF documents. I doubt it will get that right for Microsoft Word Documents, which by design are much much worst than PDF documents.

        This is Google. They like to make redundant products where they'll get the main concept right but half a half-assed implementation which gets improved for a few iterations before it's abandoned and eventually taken off the market for a somewhat inferior alternative with more social networking features and less core functionality.

    • Or adding bloat. Good grief, I want a web browser to be a web browser. This is why we can't have nice things. Because as soon as someone gets a great product, they have to keep screwing with it until they ruin it...FIREFOX...GNOME.

      How about using the right tool for the right job??? Imagine that. A web browser to browse with, and a bloated office product to edit bloated office files.

    • Yeah let's replace one monopolistic pawn of the government for another. I'm sure that will end well.
  • by sl4shd0rk (755837) on Saturday June 29, 2013 @04:21AM (#44140753)

    Seems google is inventing Gemacs?

    • by ThorGod (456163)

      Can't wait for the yVi release

    • by arielCo (995647)

      Umm, you're aware this is about Chrome OS the operating system, not the web browser, right? TFT.

      • Umm, you're aware this is about Chrome OS the operating system, not the web browser, right?

        Actually, its about a Native Client extension for the Chrome browser that is currently only available for (and bundled with) the dev channel of Chrome OS.

  • by bogaboga (793279) on Saturday June 29, 2013 @04:36AM (#44140785)

    If I were Google, I'd bankroll efforts to develop software that would change MS office's default file formats to "something sensible", in addition to championing efforts to have this capability enabled in every office installation. That would surely produce interesting responses.

    • by blarkon (1712194)
      Google would clearly prefer to drop billions into stuff like balloon internet as opposed to fighting the endless war on Microsoft Office.
    • by tlhIngan (30335)

      If I were Google, I'd bankroll efforts to develop software that would change MS office's default file formats to "something sensible", in addition to championing efforts to have this capability enabled in every office installation. That would surely produce interesting responses.

      Google would clearly prefer to drop billions into stuff like balloon internet as opposed to fighting the endless war on Microsoft Office.

      And why would Google do this?

      Balloon internet means millions of people get Internet access. The

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Every program attempts to expand until it can read mail.
    -- Jamie Zawinski

    • by arielCo (995647)

      Except this is an operating system, (Chrome OS), we're talking about. Or at least its application bundle.

    • by Anonymous Coward
      You seem eager to replace your old master by your new master. Why?
  • Excel editing! This is impressive -- I created a spreadsheet in Excel of my shopping list (hot dogs, buns, tp) yesterday and when I saved it it was over 2 gigabytes. If Chrome can handle that, wow!

    • For the clueless, certain global cell format changes force Excel to instantiate all the virtual cells way off to the ends of the Earth, resulting in hundred+ MB saves.

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