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Microsoft Opens Up Office Web Apps

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Microsoft Opens Up Office Web Apps

We've already heard a lot about Office Web Apps, but this week Microsoft has finally rolled them out to the mass market...

In its latest attempt to stunt the growing popularity of Google Docs, Microsoft has made access to final versions of PowerPoint, Word and Excel Office Web Apps completely free to all users with a Live account and its SkyDrive online storage service.

"Over the last few months, we've gotten incredible feedback from the hundreds of thousands of users in our Office Web Apps Technical Preview," said SkyDrive lead programme manager Jason Moore. "We've been busy incorporating much of that feedback, and today, Office Web Apps are now available to everyone in the US, UK, Canada, and Ireland. We'll have more to share next week when Office 2010 is released to consumers, including how Office 2010 + SkyDrive + Office Web Apps give you the best productivity experience across the PC, phone, and browser."

We don't really need to wait. We already know Office Web Apps and Office 2010 can seamlessly shift documents between one another while the former also supports document transfers through drag and drop. Office Web Apps will also soon be integrated into Microsoft's much hyped Hotmail revamp, though we lack a precise date as to when

All in all this is an extremely welcome, but long overdue move. After all we first got wind of Office Web Apps back in 2008 and it has had online design tools via Office Live for over a year. Furthermore, coming as it does just one week before the full consumer launch of Office 2010 we can't but wonder if the majority of us really need to bother with the pricey boxed version anymore... especially with Docs.com

Source: Windows Team Blog

Steve

June 10, 2010, 11:59 am

I personally think the Home and Student version of office 2010 is great value for money. Ordered mine from Amazon for £88!





I have been championing Google for years, but Google Docs is absolute crap. It doesn't even compare to Office 95 for functionality!

Greg17b

June 10, 2010, 12:50 pm

Office 2010 retail has been available for a while now under the Windows Home Use Program - I guess because it piggybacks the corporate market.

Manni

June 10, 2010, 1:55 pm

Unfortunately, until there is no territorial limitation, the boxed version is necessary or you won't be able to access you word documents or worse your powerpoint presentation once you get to your business destination, if it's outside the few countries where it's available...

Chris2510

June 10, 2010, 2:09 pm

I develop in Excel (someone has to) - and until they work out a way of incorporating macros, or user-defined functions into these online versions (if I've missed a way of doing this, apologies to microsoft) then their use will be limited to very simple spreadsheets. Still, a good idea for the other modules, and the fact that they are the de-facto standard for office documents means that this will probably have a bigger uptake than the google effort.

PGrGr

June 10, 2010, 8:29 pm

Chris2510. Yup, sorry to hear you have to develop in VBA. If you didn't already know, you may be interested to hear that Google docs, despite it's crapness, Steve, allows you to create "scripts", (macros by another name) using javascript. The scripts are run server side, providing a far more elegant solution than VBA macros.

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