Microsoft has removed a feature that would have let users easily open and edit documents on its cloud-based productivity suite, including PowerPoint and Word, in an effort to make the suite more attractive to developers.
The Office 365 team is not commenting on the report, which was published on Thursday, and the removal of the feature, but the company’s statement made no mention of it.
Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Microsoft previously said the feature would have allowed users to open documents in Word or PowerPoint without having to install the Office 365 client on their devices.
The feature was first introduced in 2013, but Microsoft later removed it in 2017, and in January 2018 removed the feature from Office for Business.
Microsoft also removed the ability to edit Word documents from Word documents.
The report said the Office team believed that the feature was “a necessary part of the Office ecosystem,” but said it “did not meet the expectations of the large user base.”
Microsoft said it will update its documentation on the Office feature in 2019.