Sometime earlier, we had reported that Microsoft had added co-authoring capabilities to Office Online that allowed users to communicate with their fellow editors in real time via Skype. Fast forward few months, we have more details on it. Beginning today, you can chat with your co-editors in real time via Skype and edit documents too. Let’s see how to do it.
Edit Documents with co-editors using Skype
By sharing the document you're working on, you allow your friends and others to join in. And while they edit with you, their names appear in the list of co-editors at the top right of the application. Sharing becomes easy, if you’ve already saved your document to OneDrive. All you need to do to invite others is to click the Share button in the upper right of the screen and type in their names or email addresses in the Invite people text box.
Just adjacent to the list of co-editors, you'll see a blue Chat button. Please note that the button is visible only for OneDrive files, support for SharePoint and OneDrive for Business is soon expected.
Clicking this button slides out the Skype chat pane. Under this, your co-editors, entered as recipients are listed allowing you to instantly strike a conversation. When you send them a message, they get notified in the document.
This functionality is particularly useful when you are not in close proximity with your co-editors. To make it even better, it now houses an option to turn your conversation into a group call or even a video chat, using buttons at the top of the pane.
Finally, it is believed that no conversation is complete without a smile or two. As such, Microsoft has armed its users with familiar Skype emoticons. Also in the store you can find a variety of GIFs via the emoticon selector.
At any given time, if you would like to display your saved conversations, you can still view your chat contents. Adjacent to the Share button, a Skype logo flashes boldly, when clicked, displays Skype conversation, you had moments ago or days ago.