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You probably know a lot of the amazing stuff you can do with Microsoft Office on your PC. But what if you don’t have your PC? Or what if you don’t have the right Office app on your PC? What if you’re on the conference floor, on the train, or even on vacation and you need to…
With Office 365 with Office Web Apps, you can create and edit Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote documents right from an Internet browser. And, you can view Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents on popular mobile devices.
Office Web Apps is part of SharePoint Online in Office 365, so you can access and edit your SharePoint documents from anywhere. You can open a document from your SharePoint Online library, or create a new one and save it to SharePoint Online. To create a new document right in the browser, just select the format (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or OneNote) and type the document name.
Office Web Apps is optimized for using on the go, so it’s fast and efficient. When new features are available, Office Web Apps is updated automatically, so you always have the latest functionality at your fingertips.
You’ll see your presentations, spreadsheets, documents, and notebooks in high fidelity. And when you edit them, the formatting is preserved, so your hard work making a great-looking document is never wasted.
Okay, now imagine you want to work together with someone else—sharing ideas, building a presentation, or creating a spreadsheet. With Office Web Apps, you can collaborate in real time on an Excel spreadsheet or a OneNote notebook in the browser, almost like you’re in the same room together.
Want to see it in action? Watch the below demo about collaborationg on documents in Office 365 from our YouTube channel.
With Office Web Apps, you can transform “to do” to “done” from just about anywhere.
Allen, How is this different from using Sky Drive / web apps (which are free)?
@mch, while there is general parity with Office web apps running on SkyDrive, Docs.com and Office365, I wouldn't count on that holding true in subsequent releases. For now, the value proposition comes down to the differences between SkyDrive and SharePoint. In my mind, SharePoint wins hands down. Don't get me wrong, I love SkyDrive and I suspect many small business (sole proprietors especially) appreciate its simplicity.
@JohnCz Yes, exactly! SkyDrive is so pleasant to use. Without support from an IT Help Desk, I don't want to go near SharePoint. Actually, I like being able to do things for myself better anyway, which is possible with SkyDrive. Everything communicates and links and updates with everything else so well on SkyDrive. Even slightly finicky things like Visio. And some very non-Microsoft products/services too! But my use case is a sole proprietor, not Enterprise or even multi-user small business.
@Ellie, you don't need any IT Help Desk to configure & use Office 365 yourself. You do need to take the time to understand SharePoint though. Its worth it if your business can benefit from improved collaboration with external clients. And its tracking & security are top rate. Office 365 also plans to offer addon solutions that run in SharePoint. But if you don't have much use for these, continue using SkyDrive by all means.
@Ellie: SharePoint can be a bit overwhelming at first due to all the abilities it presents, but we've made SharePoint Online in Office 365 for professionals and small business much more simple and straightforward. There are also some amazing walkthroughs that can help get you up to speed. office.microsoft.com/.../sharepoint-online-for-office-365-beta-for-small-businesses-FX102053252.aspx
Sharepoint would be a lot more straight forward if the hub worked in windows phone 7 in the small business edition. Once it is working, sharepoint will be much more useful.
That said, there are some wonderful videos about sharepoint here: www.sharepoint-videos.com . There are a lot of free videos here.... the webinars are nice as well (bottom of the video section).
There are also tons of other video sites online.
One of the best I've seen on this site is here: www.lynda.com/.../65715-2.html (free one is under sharepoint 101, "Using sharepoint").
Seems like too much "sharing" going on and not enough business??
Can use Office365 and save/open files on my PC or/and share on my private network?
@francis, Office is best suited for that. The Office Web Apps in Office 365 are currently designed to only work on files stored in the online storage provided by Office 365.
I am currently setting up my company and I love it. I have spent the last 2 years trying to build my little business and I wish I had had this then. I am truly excited!
Im trying to use the beta for a startup, and would be amazing if the beta could have some sort of code repository to integrate it with visual studio 2010
@Esther: Great to hear!
@Jluis: Check out my blog post here for more developer information: community.office365.com/.../weekly-roundup-office-365.aspx
I just received your beta.
now on testing.
Allen, I have a customer who's interested in the Office 365 services. This client uses a Project Management Suite from Bamboo that runs on top of Sharepoint. Does the Office 365 version allow for this type of integration or should they move to a hosted Sharepoint install? I've looked around the site for this information but found nothing.
Hi I know you say "To create a new document right in the browser, just select the format (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or OneNote) and type the document name." but I don't see how you select the format.
I know you can create a document on a desktop app then upload but I don't see any web apps anywhere to create a document of any format.
I feel foolish at being the only one who can't drive office365 the interface is a bit, well, disapointing Live@edu is so much better. and I'm meant to be the system administrator for my office eek!