Office Web Apps
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|File:MS Office 2010 Logo.svg|
|File:Microsoft PowerPoint Web App.png|
Screenshot of PowerPoint Web App - a part of the Office Web Apps
|Preview release||Technical Preview / September 17, 2009|
|Operating system||Web-based application|
|Type||Web application, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Notetaking, Word processor|
(Same as Windows Live SkyDrive)
Office Web Apps are free web-based version of Microsoft's Office productivity suite. It includes the web-based versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft OneNote. The web apps allow users to access their documents directly from anywhere within a web browser as well as share files and collaborate with other users online. Supported web browsers include Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, Mozilla Firefox 3 and Safari 3.
Office Web Apps is available to its customers via three channels:
- Consumers are able to access Office Web Apps through Windows Live SkyDrive
- Microsoft Software Assurance customers are able to host Office Web Apps on-premise as part of their SharePoint Server
- Businesses and corporations are also able to host Office Web Apps using a subscription-based Microsoft Online Services
Office Web Apps is currently in its Technical Preview testing stage and is only available to users from United States and Japan. The final version of Office Web Apps is expected to be released together with the launch of Microsoft Office 2010 during mid-2010. It is intended to replace Office Live Workspace.
Office Web Apps was first revealed on 28 October 2008 at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2008 in Los Angeles.  Microsoft originally announced that Office Web Apps will be available through its Office Live Workspace offering. During PDC 2008, Office Web Apps was announced to be powered by AJAX as well as Silverlight, however the latter is optional and its availability will only "enhance the user experience, resulting in sharper images and improved rendering."  Microsoft's Business Division President Stephen Elop stated during PDC 2008 that "a technology preview of Office Web Apps would become available later in 2008",  however, the Technical Preview of Office Web Apps was not released until 2009.
On 13 July 2009, Microsoft announced at its Worldwide Partners Conference 2009 in New Orleans that Microsoft Office 2010 has reached its "Technical Preview" development milestone and features of Office Web Apps was demonstrated to the public for the first time. Additionally, Microsoft also announced that Office Web Apps will be available to users in three ways: via Windows Live for consumers (instead of the previously announced Office Live Workspace), or via Microsoft SharePoint or Microsoft Online Services for business users. However, Office 2010 beta testers were not given access to Office Web Apps at this date, and it was announced that it will be available for testers during August 2009. However, in August 2009, a Microsoft spokesperson stated that there has been a delay in the release of Office Web Apps Technical Preview and will not be available by the end of August.
Microsoft officially released the Technical Preview of Office Web Apps on 17 September, 2009. Office Web Apps was made available to selected testers via its Windows Live SkyDrive service. It was noted that the release does not include full functionality of the Office Web Apps and did not include the OneNote Web App or the ability to edit Microsoft Word documents, however, these functionalities will be enabled at a later date.
- Windows Live SkyDrive
- Microsoft Office 2010
- Office Live Workspace
- List of online spreadsheets
- List of online word processors
- List of presentation software
- ↑ "Get Started with Microsoft Office Web Apps" (DOCX). Microsoft Corporation. 1 August 2009. http://ask.officelive.com/workspace/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Components.SiteFiles/Get-started_2E00. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
- ↑ Windows Live SkyDrive Team (18 November 2009). "New Office 2010 beta works with Windows Live". Windows Live Team Blog. Microsoft Corporation. http://windowslivewire.spaces.live.com/Blog/cns!2F7EB29B42641D59!43869.entry. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
- ↑ Microsoft PressPass: Microsoft to Extend Office to the Browser 28 October 2008
- ↑ On10.net: Microsoft Office Web Applications - Your Burning Questions Answered
- ↑ CNet News: Next version of Office heads to the browser 28 October 2008
- ↑ Microsoft PressPass: Microsoft Office 2010 Hits Major Milestone and Enters Technical Preview 13 July 2009
- ↑ Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft Office Web Apps: No test build until August 13 July 2009
- ↑ Mary Jo Foley: No Microsoft Office Web Apps test build in August, after all 28 August 2009
- ↑ Microsoft PressPass: Microsoft Web Apps: Office Goes to the Web 17 September 2009
- Windows Live SkyDrive - includes Office Web Apps
- Microsoft Office 2010 information page
- Office Web Apps Technical Preview information page