New Chrome extension can open Office docs

Google Sheets made a hash out of a fairly unsophisticated Excel spreadsheet, overwriting words, dropping a graphic altogether, and generally looking ugly. Google hopes that a new Chrome extension will help eliminate these problems.

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Direct browser support for Microsoft Office documents is coming in fits and spurts to Chrome, and Google’s latest effort is a portly extension for Chrome beta.

If you’re running Google Chrome Beta on Windows or Mac, you can now install the Chrome Office Viewer. It will allow you to open links to Office files directly in the browser, a feature that was first announced with the Chromebook Pixel.

However, you’re limited right now to merely viewing the files. To edit, you’ll have to upload the file to Google Drive, or open it in Microsoft Office or another compatible program. It’s also worth noting that the extension is quite large, and at around 25 MB it’s close to the same size as the browser installer itself.

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