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Google Develops Native Editing for Microsoft Word and Excel

This is probably a while away for average users, but it is a very helpful step towards increasing the ease of use and cross-platform compatibility. Some folks, by necessity or preference, live in Microsoft Office and this would make doing that possible with Google’s tools. Chromebooks are looking better everyday.

From The Next Web: Google adds native Microsoft Word and Excel file editing to latest Chrome OS build

Google has added native Microsoft Office file editing to the dev channel for Chrome OS. The addition means Chrome OS users on the latest build of the company’s browser-based operating system can now experiment with editing Microsoft Word and Excel files.

The addition was first noted by developer and Google open-source Chromium evangelist François Beaufort. He points to a Chromium code review that merely states Improved Quickoffice editing about:flag.

Here is a Word document being edited on Chrome OS:

Word in Chrome

Here is an Excel document:

Excel in Chrome

It’s unclear why PowerPoint has not received the same treatment; we can only speculate that Google simply didn’t focus its resources on it as much. Given that this technology is based on the company’s QuickOffice acquisition in June 2012, however, it’s fair to say Word, Excel, and PowerPoint will all be supported in due time.

If you have a Chromebook or other Chrome OS device on the dev channel, you can try this out by doing the following:

1. Navigate to chrome://flags.

2. Click on Enable below the Enable document editing entry.

3. You’ll be prompted to Restart Now after which you will get access to the feature.

In April, Google rolled out a beta release of its new Chrome Office Viewer extension, which lets users view Microsoft Office files directly in the browser on Windows and OS X. The Office Viewer extension was ported straight from Chrome OS, suggesting Google could end up merging it into Chrome altogether one day.

The dev channel for Chrome OS is updated once or twice weekly. Since the feature has made it in there, it’s likely to show up in the beta channel, and then eventually the stable channel.

Yet today’s news that Google is already working on editing Microsoft Office documents in Chrome OS is also very interesting. Maybe by the end of year, it will make it into the Chrome browser too.

OneTab via ProfHacker

ProfHackerFix Tab Overload in Chrome with OneTab

If you’re like me, you probably have more than a couple of tabs open on your browser of choice. If you’re a lot like me, then you actually have three different browser windows open with the number of tabs in each window ranging from five to thirty-seven. There are a lot of reasons to have all those tabs open, we tell ourselves: it’s for a blog post; it’s for my research; it’s something that won’t save well in Pocket or Instapaper. And all of those things may be true. But what is also true is that all of these tabs take a toll on your computer’s performance.

What you real need is the ability to get all of these tabs summarized into one handy place. A way to keep them as a list without having to copy and paste URLs, so you can get back to what you want to read when you have the time. What you need, it turns out, is OneTab. OneTab is a free, simple extension for the Chrome browser. The five-second installation adds a button to the browser tool bar, and with a single click of that button, OneTab boils down all of your tabs into — you guessed it — one tab. The list of tabs is clickable, so you can easily re-open whichever one you would like, all the while keeping your memory usage minimal.

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Google Chrome OS

For those of you who do not follow Google as closely as some of us here on the SOLIS team, you may not have heard yet that Google is making a new operating system (OS). What’s an OS? The operating system at is basic level is what runs your computer. Windows, Macintosh, and Linux are all popular operating systems currently. Google wants to offer its own service to this list, and it is going to do so in a completely different way.

Google released a new web browser about a year ago, called Google Chrome. Out of the box it was already faster than most existing web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera. That was impressive enough, but then it got even faster. Google also focused on browser security, and worked to keep different web-based applications from interfering with or hijacking each other. This is also a valuable feature. So, with speed and security, what do you get? A new web browser that lets you do the kinds of things you want to do, and it allows you to spend less time to do it.

Let’s take a look at the currently available operating systems. For the most part, Macintosh and Linux have a much safer OS than Windows. Part of this is due to the fact that Windows is such a big target for malicious programmers, and part of it is just the way Windows does business. Anti-virus programs and mal-ware detectors do a lot to make computers safer, but the risk involved is inherent in the way an OS performs.

An OS allows programs you install to take control of various portions of your computer. This is what makes it possible for mal-ware to do what it does. Once it is granted access, it does what it does. This ends up causing havoc and pandemonium and ultimately we end up having to go out and buy a new computer with the same vulnerabilities as the one that was hacked.

Google is trying to rethink the way operating systems work. When Google began looking into the idea of an OS, a number of things came to light. Today’s computer users are spending a lot of time on the internet. We use it for email, chatting, Facebook, watching videos, listening to music, banking, shopping, and more. A lot of users simply hop on the internet when they turn on the computer, and when they are done browsing the web, they turn the computer off. In light of this, Google decided to extend the idea of its Chrome browser to an OS.

The Chrome OS was discussed today at a special event. The official launch date is still unknown, but it is likely to be early next year. They discussed some of the features of the new OS, including the way it handles web applications. Gmail, Youtube, and Picassa are all examples of web applications. Essentially, while using the Chrome OS, it will be a very similar experience as using the Chrome browser. Different tabs will be opened for different applications. They even pointed out that the new web-based Microsoft Office 2010 is perfectly suited to this new way of doing things. Anything you can do online, you can do on the Chrome OS.

It looks like Chrome OS will be able to do quite a bit when it launches. There are still a number of other questions about it though. Fellow SOLIS blogger David Dickens asks how will the OS handle files? Can a cloud-based service transfer a file to another cloud-based service without using the OS as an intermediary tool? These questions are important to think about. There are many more unanswered questions at this point as well, but this is simply meant to introduce the idea of the Chrome OS.

Now that we have covered some of the basics, lets take a look at this short video about the new Chrome OS.

This video was a basic introduction to what Google has in store for us and the reasons we would want Google’s new OS. Those who want to learn more can view the related videos displayed at the end of this introductory video.

Is this OS going to be for everyone? Probably not. Certain types of computer use will be better suited for a traditional OS. For most personal use though, Chrome OS has potential to be very beneficial. As more information becomes available, the SOLIS team will keep you posted.

Web Apps and Google Chrome

For the readers out there that aren’t aware of it, Web Applications (Web Apps) are entering the mainstream in a major way. One can find scores of apps that do a variety of different fun – or even useful things. Take, for instance, Google’s Chrome browser. Chrome allows you to make your own web app as simply as adding a bookmark. What would one do with a Chrome App? A number of things.

One way I use my Chrome Web App is with Dictionary.com. I am a frequent visitor of Dictionary.com. When I learned what Chrome could do, it was one of the first Apps I made. What Chrome does is create a modified browser window that sits on your desktop. You get to see the web content but the traditional menu bar and navigation buttons are missing. See the image as an example.

When I need to look up a word, I just click the icon I saved to my desktop, and am instantly on the Dictionary.com page. I look up my word and simply close the app, just as I would close Microsoft Word when I am done with it. This is extremely useful to me, and Dictionary.com isn’t my only Chrome App. The load speeds are superior to a similar desktop application, and I can take it with my wherever I go, without worrying about licensing and user privileges.

I use Chrome to make a variety of apps, from Dictionary.com to HootSuite (Twitter) and Facebook. Give it a shot and see how it suits you.

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