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Editor’s note: On Monday, we unveiled the new Office. On Tuesday, we shared more details on Office and the Cloud and how we give you the flexibility of the browser with the power and responsiveness of rich clients. Today we dig deeper into the capabilities and technology behind the new Office Web Apps, which are available on SkyDrive and Office 365 Preview. The Office Web Apps extend your Office experience to the web allowing you to access, edit, and share your Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote documents in a web browser. Mike Morton, Group Program Manager for Office Web Applications joins the blog to explain.
I’m excited to talk about updates to the Office Web Apps, which are now available live on SkyDrive and the Office 365 Preview. You can try out the new Office Web Apps on SkyDrive by signing in using this special link or you can participate in the Office 365 Preview. Either way, you will get the same new Office Web Apps when you create or click on a Word, Excel, PowerPoint or OneNote document.
In this post I'll talk about some of the new functionality in the Office Web Apps as well as discuss how they have evolved over time.
As we have developed the Office Web Apps we have done so with the following principles:
We were very excited when we had the first release of the Office Web Apps in June 2010. Since then we have continually added capabilities based on customer feedback. During that time we have grown our usage to approximately 50 million people a month. We are very pleased with its success! Over the past two years, we have also received feedback on how the Office Web Apps could be better. We've worked hard to incorporate this feedback while building upon our principles. This update is by far the most significant we have ever done and we hope others are as excited about the changes as we are!
For this release we've focused on these four scenarios:
We made significant investments to improve the editing and formatting experiences. You can now create, edit, and finish more professional looking documents within the Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote Web App. Of course we've also maintained full compatibility with the Office file formats, so you can transition back and forth between Office on the desktop, the web browser, and mobile devices.
With the initial release of the Office Web Apps it was easy to create basic documents or make quick edits to more complex documents. However it wasn't always easy or possible to achieve the final formatting, layout, or presentation that many users have to come to expect from Office documents. With this latest update of the Office Web Apps, it is now possible to create great looking Word documents, sophisticated spreadsheets, and dynamic presentations. Some of the highlights include:
(Pictured above -- new layout view in the Word editor)
(Pictured above -- adding a transition in the PowerPoint Web App)
We've also heard from customers what authoring features they would like added to the Web Apps. When considering which functionality to add next, we've considered a variety of factors:
Below are some examples of features we've added based on customer feedback.
Note that this in addition to many new features we have been adding over the last couple of years. If you haven't checked out the Office Web Apps lately, you'll notice they already have new capabilities such as printing, charts, multiple worksheet support, ink display, and much more.
A major value proposition of the Office Web Apps is that they let you access your Office documents from nearly anywhere, on nearly any device.
The Office Web Apps have embraced HTML5. They run in virtually all modern browsers and do not require the user of plug-ins (e.g. ActiveX, Flash, Silverlight). This includes Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. We've also optimized the Web Apps to run on a variety of new form factors including tablets and smartphones.
The user interface of the Office Web Apps has been updated to work great on touch devices. Examples of changes include updating button spacing to be more finger-friendly, all-new touch selection capabilities, new UI controls for inserting tables or picking colors, dragging shapes with your fingers in PowerPoint, and support for gestures such as pinching and swiping. Look for a future post on the Office Web App's blog that will provide much more depth in this area. Below is an example:
(Pictured above -- User Experience with touch)
(Pictured above -- User experience with a mouse)
The initial version of the Office Web Apps allows users to view an Office document on nearly any phone with a browser. However the experience was very basic. With this latest release, we now provide a high-quality reading experience that take advantage of today's modern smartphones, including Android and iOS.
(Pictured above -- An excel spreadsheet on a mobile device)
In this section, we’ll discuss a few examples of new collaboration capabilities in the Office Web Apps. Each of these features is designed to help you share and collect information with others.
One of the greatest benefits of putting documents on the Web is that it makes it easier to share and collaborate. With the initial release of the Office Web Apps, we supported co-authoring with Excel and OneNote. We subsequently added co-authoring support to Word. With this update, we've added co-authoring support in PowerPoint as well. We are excited for the first time that all the Office Web Apps support simultaneous, multi-user, collaborative authoring!
While co-authoring is great, we've found many people want to give feedback to others on a document without directly 'editing' the document. It is now possible to do this via comments in documents and presentations. The comments allow for replies, are designed to be viewable in the document with less distraction, and have the ability to be 'marked done' once incorporated in the document.
(Pictured above -- A document with inline comments)
Ever wanted to collect data from a group of people directly into a spreadsheet? Now you can, easily, without them having to worry about where to enter the data because they are presented with a clean, simple, survey.
(Pictured above -- A survey created with Excel)
We're always looking for ways to squeeze more performance out of the browser and bring people the most efficient experience possible. Improvements have been made in all of the apps and in many places. Here are few examples: .
I hope this blog encourages you to go to skydrive.com and try this new release. If you do, we want to hear from you! Many of the new features we've added have been in direct response to the feedback you've given us. As you use the Office Web Apps Preview, please click on the smiley face on the upper right to tell us what you like, what you don't like, and what you would like to see next.
Be sure to stay tuned to the Office Web Apps blog for more on this release in the coming weeks.
Mike Morton Group Program Manager of the Office Web Applications
This still doesn't work with Safari Browser. I even have iOS6 on this old phone and I still can't edit a docx file. Didn't even try a xlcs file.
I am extremely impressed with the Office Web Apps and I have been testing the functionality on an iPad. I found it works really well with Word and Powerpoint. The one issue I have is the Excel functionality - I use a bluetooth keyboard with my iPad. When using the Excel web app - it does not let me move from cell to cell (using arrow keys) or even edit cells. The funny thing is that this works perfectly on the other apps (i.e. Word and Powerpoint).
Thank you for your very useful article!
My firm is an Office 365 subscriber (E3 Plan) I have the following three questions.
My firm conducts strategic planning and performance management consulting, along with a range of other services. Our Clients (companies external to my consulting firm that hire us for our consulting services and have domains and tech infrastructure that is separate from us) are large and smaller and across a range of industries. Our clients use Powerpoint 2003, 2007 and 2010, while my firm's consultants use PowerPoint 2010. Client's browsers also vary in how up to date they are, but most likely use Microsoft Internet Explorer post-7 while some may use Chrome.
A. Needs/Use Case:
1.PowerPoint collaboration in the form of my firm's consultant managing the creation of ppt presentations by several of my firm's consultants and members of the Client team, typically numbering 5-15.
2.The most useful collaboration tool is simultaneous co-authoring, mainly of different slides, although it may also occur on the same slides
3. Nature of documents produced is sensitive and requires a high level of security
4.Client access needs to be easy and have a polished professional look, feel and navigation (e.g. Need for Client email to have them go through a multistep linking of their corporate email to a Hotmail login as was the case up to three weeks ago for providing external SharePoint editor access wont do.)
5. Minimum client visibility of the collaboration tools, and minimum client learning
Ability to edit and deliver/present presentations on a Windows Tablet or iPad is a nice to have, as is change tracking.
B. Three Questions:
1. In light of the variability of PowerPoint versions on the client side, and that collaboration requires the 2010 version, could clients who have local copies of Office 2003-2007 use only the PowerPoint Web App to address all of the above needs?
2. Is this best done via my firm providing Clients links to documents on SharePoint, SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro? Does meeting any of these needs require that my firm or its Clients sign up for preview or newer versions of Office 365, SharePoint or Office?
3. If the above needs cannot currently be met via Microsoft products, currently, then is there an expected date by which they may be?
I would be glad to provide any clarification of my needs to allow for the clearest and most complete possible answer.
Thank you very much Gray!
I am a big user of OneNote on my Samsung Android. Having LYNC is also very handy.
I am really looking forward to using the Android Browser version of Office (Next) 2013 with "Super" SkyDrive. The Collaborative features are, of course, very welcomed. I am very interested in Excel and its ability to retrieve and aggregate data from other sources.
What I have not yet heard any real info or news about is file syncing capabilities when working offline and then reconnecting. What's going to happen with concurrent updates when one contributor is working offline and another is working with the active Web cloud copy and then they want to sync up all the changes all contributors made?
I really chuckled when I read your handle. Sounded something like HAL9000 or Anonymous. But I digress!
You have a very serious question regarding sensitive Office and SharePoint Artifacts which must be protected with access authorization and encryption. These features exist with Office 2010 Artifacts and therefore may be carried over to SharePoint. As for Adobe Acrobat Artifacts (PDF) you may have to secure PDF documents using SkyDrive accessibility options.
Office documents may be password protected and encrypted. However, the problem that quickly perpetuates is the spiraling growth of protected documents and loss of password and encryption protection keys (in the form of the password itself). I do not find this to be a very effective form of encryption as passwords tend to be exploited and get beyond adequate means of control quite easily. How does one control geometric growth of Office Artifact passwords. And once one has the password they have also cracked the encryption key.
Accepted practice is to ensure that passwords and encryption keys be maintained separately. This does not mean that one cannot gain access to the encryption key once gaining access to the password. How does one manage passwords and encryption keys while providing authorized access to them for hundreds, thousands, hundreds of thousands, or millions or hundreds of millions of documents.
First of all SharePoint should offer access control points for grouping Office and file (audio, video, graphic, etc. artifacts) with varying groupings or levels of authorization for types of access whether viewing, collaborative updating, or highly restricted sensitive (secret or top secret only).
How does one manage all possible combinations of groups, levels, SharePoint servers, artifacts, and authorized personnel without a centralized single control point of access which creates an bottleneck nightmare?
You may want to get a copy of FreeFileViewer (FreeWare) which allows you to open and peruse well over a hundred different file formats in character and hexadecimal formats.
There are many solutions available but one of the most viable and flexible solutions I have bumped into in the dark is a Web Based Browser solution named PassPack @ passpack.com. There are five different versions or levels of the software.
The Free (gratis forever) version for everyday people provides 100 passwords, one shared user, 0 groups, and disposable log-ins.
The Pro version for Web Workers provides 1000 passwords, three shared users, 5 groups, and thirty disposable log-ins.
The Group version for Work Groups provides 1500 passwords, 15 shared users, 25 groups, and eighty disposable log-ins.
The Team version for Small Businesses provides 2000 passwords, 80 shared users, 100 groups, and two hundred disposable log-ins.
The Biz version for Large Businesses provides 10,000 passwords, 1000 shared users, 300 groups, and three hundred disposable log-ins.
The Pro through Biz versions are on an annual subscription from $1.50/mo.; $4.00/mo.; $12.00/mo., and $40.00/mo. respectively. Each Group has a packing key for encrypting the entire database of passwords for each group in the database for each plan. Each packing key may have forty-two alpha-numeric and special characters. Each entry detail may have a Descriptive Name or authorized user of the entry; an authorization User-id for the accounts' password, an authorization password (hidden), an authorization URL; an associated e-mail address; list of HTML tags; Notes - (Hidden) (with sizes of 1024, 2048, 4096, 4096, and 4096 depending on plan); (Security) Options; (authorized levels of) Sharing; and principle Owner(s) of the entry.
This Web Browser based PassPack application may provide an extremely flexible security management solution accessible from a Web Browser based platform including IBM Mainframe, UNIX, Linux, Mac OS X, iOS, Android, Chrome OS, FireFox OS, and Microsoft Windows for Surface, PC, and mobile smart devices including tablets and smart phones.
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