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In just over 100 days since we launched, more than 20 million people have used Office Web Apps to view, edit, and share Office documents from anywhere with a browser and an internet connection. Today we're releasing more new features—based on your feedback (more than 25,000 comments so far)—and we're making Office Web Apps available in 7 more countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Russia, and Switzerland (in addition to countries we're already live in: US, UK, Canada, and Ireland).
Starting today, you can embed a PowerPoint presentation or Excel spreadsheet in a blog or website. With PowerPoint presentations, viewers can page through a mini version of the slides or view in full screen. For example, you might embed a PowerPoint presentation of photos from your last vacation, share slides from a lecture or talk that you enjoyed, or broadcast your knowledge of a special subject.
After this interview highlighting the new features you'll see two examples of embedded files and more info about the updates.
The following embedded PowerPoint presentation walks you through the actual steps for embedding a PowerPoint presentation or Excel file in a blog post. You can also read How to embed a PowerPoint presentation on a web page and How to embed an Excel workbook on a web page.
You can embed Excel charts and data in a blog or website the same way. Post scores from yesterday's softball game, publish your school's fundraising progress, or embed an interactive mortgage calculator. And when you update the original spreadsheet, the embedded version updates automatically.
Here's an example of an embedded Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator, using the Excel Web App. Enter your own height and weight to find out your BMI:
We've also improved the viewing and editing experience in Office Web Apps.
Insert Chart: Add line, bar, pie, and many other charts you're used to from Excel, right in your browser.
Auto Fill Handle: Drag and copy formulas and data just as you do in Excel.
Excel Web App on Mobile Browsers: In addition to Word and PowerPoint viewing, you can now view Excel spreadsheets on your mobile browser.
Insert Clip-Art: Add high quality photos and illustrations to your presentation from the Office.com image library. Choose from over 200,000 (and growing) high-quality, royalty-free images, including selections from partners like iStockPhoto and Fotolia.
More Themes: Choose from 20% more PowerPoint themes. Plus, we'll be adding new themes from the Office.com library every couple months to keep things fresh.
Print from Word Web App Editor: Print from Edit mode instead of just View mode.
Open desktop Office from SkyDrive: Now you can open Office files on your desktop directly from SkyDrive. We added this feature after seeing that over 90% of the Office documents on SkyDrive are created in Office on the desktop. Making it easier for you to work with those files just makes sense.
Back to that 20 million in 100 days. Obviously we're delighted-the more the merrier! But even more important is the feedback. This community is not only large—and at such an early stage—but it's also vocal. The 25,000 pieces of feedback you've given us so far absolutely shaped these latest features. So keep it coming! We read and consider every comment.
The Web Apps team is working hard to include even more features and expand worldwide availability. Stay tuned to www.office.com/webapps for more information and updates, follow the Web Apps team blog, and join the conversation on the Web Apps Facebook page at www.facebook.com/officewebapps.
—Evan Lew, Senior Product Manager for Office Applications
This is great. I love the idea of being able to embed presentations in my blog and website.
This looks interesting, but the link mentioned at the end of the slide show isn't working: office.com/embedexcel
is there a way insert data to Excel from the web?
Is it already live in UAE and Philippines? we tried to edit our files but it still opens thru Microsoft office....
Das ist eine gute Nachricht, dass die Office Web Apps nun auch offiziell in Deutschland verfügbar sind.
So when can we expect iPad support?
Fantastic. When will we see these updates in Sharepoint Web Apps?
@RH - Today, iPad users can view Word, PowerPoint and Excel files in Web Apps. We continue to evaluate additional scenarios, including editing and OneNote support, for the future.
@JoeH We will provide business customers with many of these updates.
@Debbie Concepcion Today the Office Web Apps are available to everyone in the US, UK, Canada, and Ireland – as well as the new countries we announced yesterday, including Australia, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, and Russia. Additional countries will be added in the coming months. Stay tuned!
@Debra Dalgleish try these links http://office.com/embedexcel and office.com/embedpowerpoint.
I saw this post, and immediately added a couple of embedded ppt and pptx presetations to my site. All looked very slick, but to my surprise some users reported clicking the 'full screen' icon sent them to the corresponding skydrive page, which presented them with an ad. Is this because their country does not yet have access to web apps? (Netherlands - not on your list yet).
Is there are any chances soon to have View tab options in Excel spreadsheets for office web apps as the one in Excel Desktop Client?
Me and many clients wished that they could have Freeze Panes options in Excel Office Web App! Any plans to provide such feature?
I love the fact that you've introduced embedding. Will that be available on Docs.com too? How will you get that feature out to SharePoint users?
I do have to criticise your instructions for customising the embed code. For a start there's no interactive way to do this - its basically "Take the embed code and edit it by hand". That's not helpful - we need an easy way of customising the embed code and then seeing the results of our customisation - currently the only advice you offer is " paste the default markup into a test HTML page, customize the markup, and preview the page" (http://bit.ly/bZVE5P), C'mon...you can do better than that SURELY.
Hopefully improvments to this are on the way in which case I give you credit for getting something usable out before its fully baked. If you're NOT working on these improvements - shame on you.