Microsoft on adding online video to Word 2013 documents

When Microsoft first revealed the new features it was adding into Word 2013, one of the bigger bullet points was allowing users to insert online videos in their text documents. Now the company has offered up some more information on that particular feature.

In a new post on the official Word blog, Microsoft says that Word 2013 has a form where users can search for online videos on YouTube that they can insert in their documents. It also supports Bing video searches or you can directly insert a video embed code.

Microsoft states:

When you search for a video, each result is shown by a thumbnail preview. Selecting or hovering over the thumbnail will show the title of the video, the provider (ex. YouTube, Dailymotion, etc.), and its length. Click the icon on the bottom right of the thumbnail to preview the video so you can make sure it’s the one you want before inserting.

After the online video is inserted in a Word 2013 document, it appears as a thumbnail with a link to the original online source. Word 2013 users can position the video on any part of their document and they can resize it as well. If a document needs to be printed, the video thumbnail images remains, but without a visible play button.

If a person opens up a Word 2013 document with a video in an earlier version of Word, Microsoft says, " ... they’ll still be able to watch the video because the thumbnail is linked to the original video source (which will play in in their browser)."

Source: Official Word blog | Image via Microsoft

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So Word documents are becoming more and more like webpages.....

Anyone remember when you used Word for things you wanted to print?

Cool, now even your office documents get online dependencies...
This has the potential of many docs losing their context due to YT f*** ups, takedowns, internet infrastructural changes, etc...

I'll stick to making my docs a little heavier in size or embedding local videos.
Downloading videos from Youtube isn't rocket science.


Interesting. At that point you're probably better off with a different medium altogether, but there's no harm in adding it in as a feature.

This came in so handy at my Data Ops class, everybody else was using Office 2007, I had PowerPoint 2013 up and just inserted a YouTube video without needing an add on. finished before everyone else.