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Browser Version of Office Appears Online

Microsoft announced earlier today that it has begun public testing of Office Web Apps, the online version of Office 2010. According to the company, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint are now available for a select group of Windows Live users as part of the company's Office Web Apps Technical Preview; OneNote is currently not included in the preview. Microsoft also said that the online helpings would become available to more users as the release of Office 2010 grows near.

CNET scored an entry into the program, and reports that Excel and PowerPoint offer the ability to edit and create documents; the Web-based version of Word however can only be used to view documents. Microsoft also added that OneNote Web App would be included over time in addition to Word's eventual ability to edit files. Microsoft is currently working on the technology which both applications share.

"Personally, I’m excited that, in the final release of the Office Web Apps, I’ll be able to access Office documents from any PC and then be able to share them, show them, edit them, and collaborate on them with people around the globe," said Microsoft's Brian Hall from Windows Live.

Brian Hall's blog also explains the purpose of Office Web Apps: the ability to create and store files in one place and then access and edit the documents and charts from virtually anywhere. "Today’s a great start on terrific things to come," he added.

  • Regulas
    A new ploy by the convicted monopolist to add proprietary crap to the net.
  • liemfukliang
    Wao... I hope Telkomsel Flash User can use this with 6 KB/s. The most slow and expensive Internet in Indonesia 6 KB/s at expense 6 BIC MAC in a month unlimited. Damn I really want to use the office online. But can I?
  • cruiseoveride
    But is it free?
  • doomtomb
    cruiseoverideBut is it free?We are talking about Microsoft here.... of course not
  • hunter315
    Some how i find this a bit less useful than google docs, i mean who thought it was a good idea to release word without the ability to edit documents? Without that ability you might as well just call it the MS Word Reader, hopefully it will be a bit lighter on the system than acrobat.
  • tinnerdxp
    and it probably requires IE7+ and installs a custom ActiveX control called Office13 that weighs about 500MB :))))
    But seriously... I wonder whether it will work in anything but IE.?
  • neiroatopelcc
    cruiseoverideBut is it free?Probably not, but that doesn't matter! Almost all companies of a respectable size has bought licenses for microsoft office (perhaps in addition to using openoffice or similar package), and for those companies it's a welcome news. Everyone's connected to the internet, especially businesses. So if you have to use your mobile broadband connection to open word, fine, so be it. It's still cheaper to buy a license per employee than buying one per pc, and it'll ease servicing immensely as downtime is unlikely. We ARE talking microsoft, not google or twitter - and microsoft's never down.

    I think this kind of software will become a lot more widespread as web interfaces evolve. The fact that many casual games have moved from being silly visual basic programs to being flash or java based games indicates the direction.
    I tihnk only hardware intensive stuff (autodesk, high profile games, photoshop etc) and interface limited applications (plc programming software etc) will be limited for the time being. Until cloud stuff takes off, which it will as it more or less guarantees licensing money from customers, and with the option to passthru serial and usb links over the interweb.
  • jalek
    This will make government data mining much more meaningful and thorough. They'll be able to maintain a full library of every document a business or person uses.

    They just have to keep people away from alternatives like Open Office.
  • neiroatopelcc
    jalekThis will make government data mining much more meaningful and thorough. They'll be able to maintain a full library of every document a business or person uses.They just have to keep people away from alternatives like Open Office.Shouldn't be hard. Having been exposed to more Open office menace than I'd ever thought possible, I can say that it is in no way a threat to microsoft's unless we look at purchase cost solely.
  • JohnnyLucky
    I'm guessing this Microsoft effort is aimed at the corporate world. What happens if there is a major problem with the web?