Google is bringing the Microsoft Office file viewer capability from its Chromebook platform to Windows and Mac users via an extension for the Chrome browser.
Announced on the Google Chrome blog, the extension enables users on the beta channel release builds of Chrome to simply click on a link to a Microsoft Office document file and open it directly in the browser.
The Chrome Office Viewer extension, which is also a beta release, has been developed to protect users against the potential threat of malware inside Office documents.
"Just like with web pages and PDFs, we've added a specialised sandbox to impede attackers who use compromised Office files to try to steal private information or monitor your activities," Google software engineer Jelte Liebrand wrote on the blog.
As the extension is still in beta, users are warned that they may encounter issues and are asked to file a bug report in this case. Features made available in its beta build often find their way in to the full release.
Earlier this week, Google claimed in an exclusive interview with V3 that it is seeing the Chrome browser taking more and more market share from Firefox and Internet Explorer among enterprise users as well as consumers.
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