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November 24, 2014

Skype brings conversation to Word and PowerPoint

New feature will allow users to work collaboratively on a document.

By CBR Staff Writer

Microsoft has unveiled a new feature to Office Online which will allow users to chat on the web version of Word and PowerPoint.

Powered by Skype, the new feature will allow users to work collaboratively on a document, with conversations happening on a sidebar which does not interfere with the work.

Users will have to accept a chat request, following a notification about the conversation. The feature is similar to the chat function in, OneDrive and the feature used in Google docs.

Initially the feature will only be supported by the online version of Word and PowerPoint, and will not be available for Excel and OneNote users.

According to Slash Gear, Office web apps can be synced to Skype which might allow users to continue the conversation after the office document is closed.

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