Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/187119/microsoft-office-online-apps-are-now-available-in-the-chrome-store/
Microsoft has been on a roll as of late with their Office Online suite, so this week’s announcement about Office Online apps for Chrome just sweetens the deal even more. Now you can pick and choose from Word Online, Excel Online, PowerPoint Online, and OneNote Online apps to make your Chrome browser more productive than ever before!
It figures this would come out 2 days after I returned my Chromebook.
Of course, in all fairness, I returned my Chromebook because it wouldn't work with Slingbox or Java. (I know.. I could root it and run the Java plugin, or I could crouton it and run Ubuntu. But the Windows 8 convertible I got to replace it is sooo much better.)
What?!? The sky is falling! Pigs just flew! Dinosaurs are back!
Microsoft made Office For Chrome OS?!?
This is scarier than Boot Camp...
Actually, Chrome store apps are nothing special; it's just a simple way for sites to advertise themselves and distribute shortcuts. If there's any practical difference between a Chrome app and just going to the web site by typing in the URL or using a shortcut, I don't know what it is.
If a Chrome Web Store App is created out of a website, it has the honor of being called an "app."
I think it gives a website access to Native Client in Google Chrome.
As far as I know, a website can only access Native Client if:
(A) It is compiled as a Chrome Web Store App.
(B) The following flag in about:flags is enabled:
That would make sense if those “apps” would work offline, but they don’t. So what’s the practical difference between them and simple URLs?
As I said, Native Client. To sum up this article, it makes Web Apps go faster.
And Chrome Web Store Apps get a neat icon!
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