One of the many reasons people think twice before buying a Chromebook is the inability to work with popular Microsoft Word and Excel files. Google Docs does not support Microsoft Office format files to be directly edited. But thanks to a recent developer update, Chromebook owners will soon be able to edit Word and Excel files in Chrome OS.
Google added the functionality to view Microsoft Office format files in Chrome OS a while ago. But users were limited to just viewing the Office document and spreadsheet. The new update on Chrome OS developer channel brings the ability to edit these two types of Office files.
This is a huge update. Regardless of why someone is buying a laptop, or Chromebook for that matter, there’s always files in Microsoft Word format that the user needs to deal with. The ability to edit these files without actually buying or installing the Office Suite is definitely a huge attraction for Chrome OS and Chromebooks. Since it’s in early development, there isn’t much to do in editing mode. But it’s expected that Google will improve the Office document and spreadsheet editing features borrowing from QuickOffice, which Google acquired last year.
If you’re already on Chromebook and would love to try this out, you have to make sure that your Chromebook is on developer channel. If it is already, then just type chrome://flags into the address bar, hit enter, search and enable “Enable document editing” feature, and your Chromebook will restart. After that you’ll be flattered to be able to edit your Microsoft Word and Excel files right within the browser.
How are you seeing this new update? Is this something you’ve been long waiting for? Will this single update make you want to get a Chromebook in the future?