Microsoft launches Office Online powered by Skype


After getting ban on VOIP calls in India and getting charged for on-net calls, Skype has launched Office Online, a group chat for office users , so that they can work collaboratively on Word and PowerPoint. However, the feature has not been rolled out for Excel and OneNote. In late November, Microsoft announced that the Skype group chat project is under the pipeline. Moreover, they named the project as ‘Office Online’.

Karen Tong said in an official blog post, “Skype for Office Online makes collaborating a breeze. The chat experience is available right next to the document, enabling you to chat in and edit in real-time with other authors. Speed up and simplify document editing with quick Skype group chats instead of long e-mail threads. Keep track of which co-authors are online as well as messages you might have missed.”

The feature allows users to save their documents in OneDrive and share them with others to work simultaneously on a same document. A chat button will appear on the screen, allowing them to communicate with the colleagues. Once the conversation has been started in ‘Office Online’, it would be named after its document and remains same until it is being closed. Furthermore, Skype added synchronisation feature to the app, as a user working on the desktop can immediately switch to a smartphone with the same file.

On the announcement Microsoft spokesperson said, “Users will be able to continue any chats started in Office Online on Skype on the desktop or their smartphone after the file is closed.”

This launch could save the existence of Skype in India as earlier previous month VOIP calls from Skype to cellular network was banned by officials and recently Airtel announced that the company would charge extra for VOIP calls from their network.

Other than this, it was reported earlier that the Redmond giant had released a beta version of Skype and that allows users to make internet calls directly from web browsers, without installing any kind of app in their devices. However, the service was provided for selected consumers only and would be soon rolled out worldwide.

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