Office Online gets Skype voice and video integration

Microsoft is making its Office Online web apps a little more social next month. The software giant is planning to build Skype voice and video integration directly into Office Online. It’s an update that will allow Skype users to chat while they’re working on a Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document. Any instant messaging history remains connected to the document so you can talk to a co-worker or friend to make changes and pick up the conversation later on. Microsoft says the integration will go live worldwide to Microsoft accounts in November.

Alongside the update, Microsoft also has a new Chrome extension for Office. It simply sits alongside Chrome’s address bar and acts as a really quick and useful way to access Office documents. There’s a recent list and you can also choose to create a document or open others from OneDrive folders. Microsoft’s new Office for Chrome extension is available immediately from the Chrome web store.

Tom Warren