At some point a while ago and Windows update changed how files were opened from the internet. This only appl;ies to Micrsoft documents. It doesnt happen with PDF's.
When you click on the document you get a prompt to open or save the document. If you click on open it takes 20- 30 seconds to open the file in the corresponding Microsoft Office program. I have attached the screen shot of what I am referring to. The version of office doesnt change this- I have tried it with 2007/2010/2013.
I have one department that does this alot and it has significantly slowed them down.
There are many links on a google search referring to this problem so I know its not isolated to me. I have tried some of them to no avail. The most populare one seems to me change the Connection/LAN Settings in the Internet Explorer Options. This did not impact. It doesnt happen in other browsers but other browsers pose other problems with some of our client websites so going back and forth is cumbersome as well.
I can't believe that there is not a setting that can be change to disable this and to allow the files to open without prompt and fast.
It doesn't matter if the Microsft app is open already either.