Office Online: Skype voice and video integration
Microsoft has made rapid changes and updates to Skype since acquiring the service and rebranding its own business communications software from Lync to Skype for Business. Announced recently is the update that a lot of people have been waiting for, Skype for web will allow users to communicate in the same tab when editing documents in the browser (no software install required) you can communicate directly with co-workers on Skype. This is especially useful if you need to edit a document on another device that either isn’t yours or doesn’t have Office/Skype installed, work in real time to edit the document with a co-worker and discuss the changes you are making.
“The integration creates a natural, collaborative experience in which you can co-author and have a conversation using instant messaging or video calling right from within a document,” Microsoft’s Kirk Koenigsbauer explains. “Best of all, your instant messaging history stays connected to the document, so that the next time you open it, you can pick right up where you left off. Office Online exists to help you collaborate with anyone, anywhere, with just a browser. Now with Skype communication built right in, you can get more done, faster.”
Skype voice and video integration with Office Online will arrive in November. “Over time,” Microsoft plans to add this integration to its Office desktop applications on Windows as well.
Office Online: Chrome extension
If you don’t use Interment Explorer or Microsoft’s new Windows 10 Edge browser and prefer a third party offering like Google’s Chrome then Microsoft’s extension for Chrome will be very useful and help save time, once the plug in is installed and enabled you will be able to quickly access Office Apps online, browse online storage in OneDrive and get to your Office 365 account.
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