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Borrowed from Chromebook, Chrome Viewer for Microsoft Office Documents Released

Google Chrome on Windows and Mac has added a new functionality making it easier to open Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files directly in the browser.

“If you’re running Chrome Beta on Windows or Mac and install the Chrome Office Viewer (Beta) extension, you’ll be able to click a link to an Office file and open it directly in Chrome,” informs Google.

The feature is currently available to Chromebook.

In addition, Chrome Office Viewer also protects from malware delivered via Office files. Just like with web pages and PDFs, “we’ve added a specialized sandbox to impede attackers who use compromised Office files to try to steal private information or monitor your activities,” Google adds.

The extension lets you open Microsoft Office files that have the following extensions: .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx. Since it is in beta, some files won’t load, text selection doesn’t work for presentations and zooming some documents sends you to a different page.

To give it a try on Windows or Mac:

  1. Get Chrome Beta here
  2. Install the Chrome Office Viewer (Beta) extension
  3. Start clicking your favorite Word docs, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint slides on the web.

Chrome Viewer for Microsoft Office Documents

Google has also released PageSpeed Beta for Nginx (or ngx_pagespeed)–“running as a module inside Nginx, ngx_pagespeed rewrites your webpages to make them faster for your users,” informs Google.

This includes compressing images, minifying CSS and JavaScript, extending cache lifetimes, and many other web performance best practices.

All of mod_pagespeed’s optimization filters are now available to Nginx users.

“Nginx, the popular high performing open source web server that powers many large web sites.”

To start using ngx_pagespeed, follow the installation instructions on GitHub.

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