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When we shipped Office Web Apps in June, we set out to make the Office experience more accessible so you could work from anywhere and share with anyone. We love to get input from the people who use Office Web Apps. That feedback helps us decide what features we offer next and when we make those features available. The latest updates to Office Web Apps add some much requested functionality to Word Web App, Excel Web App and PowerPoint Web App.
Here's what we added...
One of the top requests from customers we saw once Word Web App went live was the ability to print Word documents. Word Web App's viewer includes the ability to print but what we realized as we looked through all the customer feedback is that you wanted the print command in the Word Web App editor as well. Now, if you drop the File menu when you are editing a Word document you'll see this:
Not only will this make the print command easier to find but it will also reduce the number of steps required to print a document you are editing.
In Excel Web App there are two updates I want to highlight: inserting charts and the auto fill handle. Now in Excel Web App you can go to the Insert tab and insert charts. You will then be able to manipulate the data and elements of the chart in much the same way you can in Excel 2010. Here is a taste of the new UI for inserting charts:
You can also modify existing charts (or ones you just created!) just by clicking on them:
Here is a chart made in Excel Web App:
Also, you can now use the auto fill handle in Excel Web App. The auto fill handle is a time-saving feature in the Excel desktop client that allows you to use the contents of one cell to fill in adjacent cells. For example, In this worksheet there are two columns of numbers. I am summing the first row of numbers. If I want to sum the remaining numbers in the two columns, I can grab the small black square (the auto fill handle) and drag it down:
Here is the result when I drag the auto fill handle down the column:
With the addition of clip art to PowerPoint Web App you can now add high quality photos and illustrations to your presentation from Office.com’s image library. Choose from over 200,000 high-quality, royalty-free images, including selections from partners like iStockPhoto and Fotolia. Use the Insert tab to add clipart to slides with image placeholders:
You can use the Insert Clip Art dialog to search through thousands of images:
We are also happy to report that you can now select more themes when you create a new presentation in PowerPoint Web App. Once you name your presentation this dialog box comes up when the presentation opens:
We really appreciate all your feedback. Keep it coming! You can give us feedback directly from each of the web apps. There is a Give Feedback link in the File menu.
Stay tuned as we have even more to share in a few weeks.
Nick SimonsProgram Manager, Office Web Apps
Why are the Word attachments automatically downloading into WebApps? I don't need WebApps and I can't find a way to disable it in Hotmail. I do not like having to download a private doc into your SkyDrive browser (hello, privacy issues), before I can tell it to open it up in Word, which DOESN'T WORK AT ALL. Even if it did work, I don't like having to go through the several clicks and privacy issues to get docs to open in their original form. Right now, I have an important attachment I cannot save to my hard drive because of your WebApps system. You need to make it an option whenever we receive a Microsoft attachment, with the default being to open it up in the original Microsoft software. If you don't tell me how to disable this or a respond with very quick work around. I will cancel my Hotmail account that I have had for several years.
@Don Wilson, I'm not precisely sure why you are ending up with .PNG files but you can download attachments by clicking the download link in the email. The UI Is a bit finicky because the box surrounding the download link is also clickable and opens the web app. We are aware of the issue and will improve the UI but hopefully you will now be able to successfully download your files.
@wb, this is a repeat of my last comment. You can download attachments by clicking the download link in the email. The UI Is a bit finicky because the box surrounding the download link is also clickable and opens the web app. We are aware of the issue and will improve the UI but hopefully you will now be able to successfully download your files.
Simply wonderful! I've been certainly wondering about printing. I'll use these products even more now!!
@jose There is currently no plug-in for WebKit based browsers (Safari or Chrome) to enable the Open in Client functionality. That said, you could always download the file, modify it locally, and then re-upload it to SkyDrive.
@sun Does your notebook contain sensitive information? If it does, can you sanitize it and verify that the problem still occurs? Once you have a non-sensitive notebook that reproduces the issue, can you upload it to a shared location so that the Office Web Apps team can look at it?
@Don Wilson Sounds to me like you are saving the ICON of the attachment and not the attachment itself. To download the attachment you need to click on the text that says "Download" below the file's name.
@wb To download a file you need to click on the text that says "Download" below the file's name. Clicking on the icon, or the blue box, or the file's name will open it in the Office Web Apps. Clicking on the word "Download" will not.
Looking for a "File Import" feature. While it's cool that you can download docs, spreadsheets, etc. into the local offie apps, I'm searching for the ability to do that in the opposite direction. I'd like to upload documents so I can collaborate online, but cut & paste is pretty limited. In an excel spreadsheet, the "paste formatting" selection just pasted the raw text. Column formatting, color, and highlighting were lost. Recreating this for multiple sheets was a major pain. Also, I found no way to rename the tabs of a spreadsheet.
Real time editing in word is a key feature our 30 student reviewers decided was their top feature currently missing.
This has been one royal pain when you have numerous proposals that where in older emails, now they won't print out right when open in this new Office web apps. I don't have time to learn everyones fancy changes. Leave well enough alone and just make backwards compartabile software!!! If I want someting new I'll go buy it. You are making me look towards Apple if I have to learn new tricks and tips....
Do you have templates for common Avery forms (e.g., 8879 business cards)?
I am an average computer user, if your intent is to make it better. Keep the easy stuff too ie. the ability to print off Excel info with External data please-- I need to be able to open a noncoverted nondistorted Excel document sent to me at my hotmail account. And I have yet to figure out how to get it to print. We used to be able to do it this way and now we can't 1 step forward 2 steps back.......
@Dan L - If you go to http://office.live.com you can upload your Office Documents to be used on SkyDrive.
@Kristian Still - Although Word does not allow coauthoring, OneNote does. Have you tried using OneNote for this purpose?
@JB - You can still download files that were e-mailed to you. You just need to click on the word "Download" below the attachment's name. Clicking virtually anywhere else will open it in the Office Web Apps, but clicking on the word "Download" will download it to your computer as Hotmail has always done.
@fjpoblam - To my knowledge the Office Web Apps do not currently support templates.
@Rais'n 4angels - The Excel Web App does not currently have print support. That said, you can still download the Excel attachment as you've done in the past. As I told JB, you need to click on the "Download" text below the attachment's name.
Is it possible to "freeze panes" on the excel web app? If so, can you tell me how?
This is awesome! Keep up the good work.
Hi there, I have an issue with an Excel file not opening using Skydrive. It is an Excel 2007 file with some data validation that doesn't allow it to be opened using the Webapp. Which was ok, because up until this week I was able to click on Yes when it asked if I wanted to open it in Excel and it'd open fine. But this week when I click Yes, I'm just taken back to the File list and the file is unable to be open except by being downloaded. Since this is a shared file, I'd prefer not to have it be downloaded and r-uploaded to prevent overwriting. Has something changed so that files such as these are no longer able to be opened in native Excel?