Over a year after it first introduced real-time co-authoring in Office Online (or Office Web Apps as it was known back then), Microsoft has finally gotten around to making the next logical addition to its online productivity suite: the ability to chat in real time with other collaborators from within an Office Online web app. The Redmond-based tech giant has now begun rolling out the long overdue feature to Office Online users and the roll out is expected to span a few weeks.
For years Google ran away with the show when it came to productivity tools in your web browser, but when Office web apps hit the scene, they changed everything. Sure they’ve had a tough time with marketing and rallying up mind share, however you’d be hard pressed to find a single thing Google apps can do that Office web apps can’t do better at this point. Microsoft as usual has been a bit slow to innovate next to its much more nimble competition, but a recent update has added a ton of new features to help level the playing field.
Microsoft recently updated its Office Web Apps online productivity suite to add a few useful features. The service update, which was announced by the Office Web Apps team on its official blog on Wednesday, only concerns the Excel and PowerPoint Web Apps. Hit the jump to find out what these enhancements are.