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Office gets Skype voice and video support, Chrome integration

Office October update news includes more Skype integration, Chrome extension, Android improvements, Office Online changes
By: Sean Ridgeley | Software News | Posted: Oct 29, 2015 8:04 pm

Microsoft is beefing up its Office functionality starting today.

 

You may have noticed Skype's integration with Office on desktop last month. Well, it's going beyond just messaging functionality: video and voice support are on the way, too, first for Office Online users next month (and Outlook.com), then desktop later on.

 

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If you're a Chrome user (and statistically, you probably are), there's some love for you, too: a new extension (available here) lets you create and open Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Sway documents directly in the browser. As with Office Online, OneDrive is integrated, should you choose to use it.

 

Android users haven't been forgotten: the latest Office update is said to reduce footprint by 40 percent and better the sign up/in process.

 

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General improvements to Office Online include an enhanced navigation pane for large Word documents, formatting improvements for Excel, and performance improvements for PowerPoint.

 

In short, it's a good time to be an Office user.

NEWS SOURCES:Blogs.office.com

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