In the past few years Microsoft has made more things to boost the Office Online service which allows for free usage of smaller versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint through your browser. First, they rebranded the service, after that they create a special page for its accession, improving the available functions and much more.
In the last few weeks, as they say through the company blog, users of Word and PowerPoint Online will have the opportunity to chat at the same time while they are working on a document with other people.
So, while working office Online users are going to notice a specific chat key shown up inside Microsoft Power Point and Word. All you have to do is to simply push that key while you are modifying a file to begin chatting with everybody working on the document. As an additional benefit, Microsoft says you will have the ability to proceed all chats started in Office Online with Skype on the desktop on your smartphone when you have closed down the document.
This is important because Microsoft is trying hard to produce its services into cross-platform technology, which means that the Office requirements is to become a suite of top-flight web apps. The absence of in-document collaboration tool was actually an obvious omission from Office Online and it’s excellent to view this particular feature out soon in PowerPoint and Word. But providing an in-document chat app isn’t sufficient. The actual testing is going to be how good talk works—not how easy it is to start it.
In previous versions chatting with multiple people, wasn’t an option.
Another problem with previous iterations of Office chat was that you had to have all your collaborators as Skype connections in order for you to chat with them. That may not be a problem for the most part, however, it is not difficult to assume a scenario in which you will need to work with a person on a document who is not on your Skype list.
For example, Google Docs do not need a Google Chat, or a Hangouts connection previous in order to have an in-document chat with someone. Here we are hoping Office Online will do the same. We’ll know for certain as the feature starts off going out in the next coming weeks.