Edge Canary Ability to view Office files
Microsoft is preparing a new feature for the Edge browser that will allow users to open Office files directly in the browser instead of downloading them.
Feature detected by Reddit user Leopeva64-2 to Edge Canary. But if you have the latest version, you may not see the new feature, as it seems to be gradually activated for users.
If you are one of the selected, you can enable the feature in the browser download settings page, where you usually select the default download folder and more.
The option is called "Quickly view Office files on the web using Office Viewer" and what it does is, instead of downloading a file to your computer, send it to Microsoft and open it with the corresponding Web Office application, but in viewer mode .
The feature could have many uses, such as extra protection if you are worried about a file being infected by malware.
It could also be useful if you just want to read a document quickly and do not want to save it to your computer or if you are using a computer that does not have Office installed for any reason.
Additionally, you can save files to your OneDrive directly from Office Viewer if you want to keep them.