Google Drive allows users to have real-time conversations with others while collaborating on documents. Microsoft will soon push a similar feature to its Word and PowerPoint web apps, the company announced on Office blog. The company said that it will add a built-in Skype chat functionality to the users of Office Online, but only to the Word and PowerPoint web apps. Also Read - Microsoft Surface Duo to launch on September 10 for $1,399
Once the update is live, which you can expect in “coming weeks”, users will see a “Chat” button in the upper-right corner, upon clicking on which they will be able to begin communicating with collaborators. The conversations will be displayed in a typical sidebar window, making it easier for coworkers to discuss edits. Also Read - Microsoft Xbox Series X launch date leaked, could come in early November
Unlike Google Drive’s chat, wherein users’ conversations remain limited within the documents, people using Office Online’s chat will see their conversations sync across the main service, making it possible for one to open their Skype app on desktop or mobile and continue the conversation from there. Also Read - Microsoft has pushed back Halo Infinite release to 2021
The Skype-powered chat in Office Online is very similar to built-in chat across Outlook.com and OneDrive. The company will hopefully extend this feature to OneNote, and Excel among other product as well.