HomeWinBuzzer NewsMicrosoft Edge Getting Integrated Office Viewer Feature

Microsoft Edge Getting Integrated Office Viewer Feature

A built-in Office Viewer is currently in testing on Microsoft Edge previews, allowing users to see Office documents in the browser without an extension.


Last week we discussed the version of Edge and new PDF viewing tools coming to the browser. It seems Microsoft wants to extend document viewing by building in Office Viewer tools into Edge alongside new PDF abilities.

According to Techdows, a new Office Viewer for is currently being tested on the latest browser Insider builds. As the name suggests, the Office Viewer allows users to see documents within the web browser.

Users can currently test the tool on Edge Dev build 92.0.873.1 and newer. This makes viewing documents more efficient because it removes the current Office Viewer extension that is needed on current Edge builds.

It is worth noting the tool has some limitations compared to the Office Viewer extension. Chief among them is the ability to only see documents from Office web apps and not OneDrive. I hope Microsoft adds support for OneDrive documents before the feature reaches end users.

In other words, users will be able to view Word documents in the same way they currently can view PDFs. The feature is turned off by default on test builds, so if you're an Insider you can activate it by heading to the Download menu of Microsoft Edge Settings.

PDF Viewer Improvements

We recently reported on the PDF Viewer changes coming to Chromium Edge.

Perhaps the standout feature coming to an upcoming Edge release is the ability to pick up where you left off. At the moment, both Edge and Chrome will start a PDF at the beginning if you stop reading and close the window. In the next version of Edge, Microsoft will add a tool that automatically resumes where you closed the document.

Tip of the day:

Did you know you can use Windows 10´s built in antivirus Microsoft Defender also with scheduled scans? In our tutorial we give you step-by-step instructions on how to program your personal scan-schedule to keep your free of malware.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

Recent News