During todayâ€™s Professional Development Conference keynote, Ray Ozzie made an exciting announcement about a new way to view, edit, and collaborate with Excel. If you werenâ€™t able to watch the keynote, feel free to check out the following links: PDC Keynote Video, Official MS Press Release, and Channel 9 Video.
In case youâ€™re in a hurry, hereâ€™s the bottom line:
- Excel is providing a web application which allows you to view, edit, and do real-time collaboration on spreadsheets in your choice of web browser â€“ Internet Explorer, FireFox, or Safari!
- The Excel web application will be available in two channels: as a consumer service offered via Office Live and as a business offering via either hosted subscription or volume licensing.
- Any spreadsheets you author or edit online will be compatible with the Excel desktop client.
I know, I know: â€œThanks for the teaser; whereâ€™s the app?â€
While we will have a limited technical preview later this year, we wonâ€™t have a broadly public release for awhile. As soon as I can share a date, and, more importantly, a way to sign up for the public release, I will post it here.