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What’s new in the Word Web App?

Wouldn’t it be great to have the dependability of Word anytime, anywhere? The Word Web App is an online, free version of Word that extends the Office experience you already know and love to the Web. We’ve been busy making the Word Web App even better, and we’re excited to show you what we’ve been working on. Watch this video and read on to see what’s new in the Word Web App, and be sure to check out the Office 365 technology blog to learn more about online editing and collaboration in all of the Office Web Apps–Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

With the new collaboration features in the Word Web App, you can simultaneously edit documents in real-time with friends, family, and colleagues. Now it is easier than ever for everyone working in the document to stay current and see each other’s ideas develop and evolve in front of their eyes. But being able to edit documents at the same time as your colleagues is only half of the story. When many people are simultaneously collaborating it can difficult to follow who’s changing what. To make real-time collaboration simpler, now your peers’ cursor location in the document is marked with small indicators so you can always see where others are working in the document.  

 

Save as you go

Life is full of worries. We’ve brought Auto-Save into the Word Web App because losing your work shouldn’t be one of them. With this update, the Word Web App automatically saves your documents when you make changes, so the next time you’re focusing on your report, remembering to hit save can be the last thing on your mind.

Headers, footers and page numbers

We’ve been listening to your feedback to make sure that we’re building the features that matter the most to you. One of the top requests was for the ability to add headers and footers online, so our engineering teams brought this feature to the Word Web App.

Now it’s easy to insert a header and footer and add page numbers to your document. We’ve also made it simple to place text and page numbers exactly where you want within headers and footers–perfect for adding MLA-style headings into your report.

  

 

As we bring more of your favorite Word features to the Web, you also get more flexibility and control when creating documents online. For example, the ability to apply headers and footers to all pages except the first page of your document makes it simple to create clean cover pages without headers and footers.

Table styles

One of the best things about Word desktop is that it makes it simple to make your documents look great. We’ve brought a collection of new features into the Word Web App, so now it’s easier to add polished formatting online, and awesome-looking tables is one of the results.

The table styles feature offers a wide variety of great-looking presets, and the styles automatically inherit your document theme’s color palette, so it’s quick and easy to create a cohesive-looking document. Plus, customizable table style options make it easy to apply complex formatting, such as creating banded columns, without manually tweaking individual table cells.

Find and replace

Find and replace is another feature that we are excited to introduce to the Word Web App. We love this feature because it saves so much work every time we realize we’ve confused centrifugal with centripetal force again.

 

Page breaks

Last but not least, you can now insert page breaks in the Word Web App, which is perfect for ensuring that your bibliography starts at the top of a page–just like you want it.

Get started now to experience all these features and more with the Word Web App. We sincerely hope you enjoy it-please let us know what you think in the comments below. 

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12 comments
  1. The new changes to Word Web App are pretty cool! Though one feedback and a question:
    Feedback: peers’ cursor was not very smooth. As I edited a document after saving, it showed me as " is also editing". Also, the cursor not moving smoothly. But seems promising!

    Question: When these changes will be available to SharePoint Enterprise Server?

    I am not able to locate a RSS or roadmap for Server.

    Thanks!

    • @ ansul: To answer your question "Question: When these changes will be available to SharePoint Enterprise Server? "
      Same answer as on the Excel Web Apps blog: the next release of the Office Web Apps Server will come around the same time that the next release of Office ships (still TBD). For now, the best way to take advantage is Skydrive or Office 365!

  2. Thanks for the improvements. As a student i think the following thing are lacking:
    - Ability to add / edit footnotes and endnotes

    - Format painter

  3. This is awesome, What do I need to do to get this on my company SharePoint 2013 Server with OWA

    • I too would like this functionality on SharePoint. Currently my company uses SharePoint but editing documents in the WebApps collaboratively forces us to launch the desktop apps. This extra step has forced all of these employees to use Google Docs instead out of sheer simplicity.

      • Perhaps this will help. In IE, navigate to the SharePoint document library. Choose Site Settings>Site Collection Features and disable Open Documents in Client Applications by Default.

    • These updates have only been rolled out now to the Office Web Apps on SkyDrive and Office Web Apps as part of the Office 365 service. For Office Web Apps on-premises, the new functionality will come as part of a future server update.
      But Microsoft has not provided any timeline for that.

    • Dan Battagin has mentioned on his blog "We’ve updated Excel Web App: What’s new in November 2013
      " to a query response that next release of the Office Web Apps Server will come around the same time that the next release of Office ships (still TBD). So plan accordingly!

  4. Will mathematical equations at some point make it into the web app?

  5. Love the changes however you could work on expanding the font style and also double spacing as well used for mlw format. Also the quick states can you define a new style just for mlw formatting where we get both times new roman as well as aerial as the font style but still have size 12 and double spacing automatically applied without us have to do a lot of formatting since we would have to click on no space to do this. Please work on this for both the web app as well as office 2013 for word

  6. Perhaps this will help. In IE, navigate to the SharePoint document library. Choose Site Settings>Site Collection Features and disable Open Documents in Client Applications by Default.

  7. This article was very interesting and helpful.

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