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I’m writing this blog post immediately after watching Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer, give his 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) keynote. I couldn’t help be amazed after hearing him exclaim:
“Hotmail, which is the #1 email service worldwide, deeply integrating Microsoft Office - took major steps forward. In the first hundred days, we drove over 20 million people to use our Office Web Applications through Hotmail.”
This got me to think about how far the Office Web Apps have come, starting when Microsoft Office reached the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) milestone back in April 2010 to over 30 million customers today.
Looking Back at 2010:
Although this blog started when Microsoft Office 2010 entered technical preview in July 2009, it wasn’t until 2010 that the service was made generally available. Here is a brief list of the major milestones that we reached in that time.
This list, of course, only includes the highlights of this past year. We are constantly improving the Office Web Apps to address customer feedback, fix bug reports, and increase performance.
We simply cannot stress enough how amazing it is to hear from our customers and fans. While we get too much feedback to respond to each one individually, rest assured that we do read every word and take your opinions to heart. As you can see from the updates we made last year, the Office Web Apps team is working diligently to add the functionality that you’re asking for. To that end, I’d like to share a couple of ways that you can get involved and send us your thoughts and feedback:
All of this is in addition to simply sending feedback from within the product by clicking on the Give Feedback link in the File menu of each web app.
The Road Ahead
The past year has been an amazing journey. All of us on the Office Web Apps team are proud of the work we’ve already accomplished, but even more excited about the work we’re currently doing and what’s coming next.
More importantly, however, is what you think. What do you think as the customer? What would you put on our end-of-year report card?
Rob Rolnick Software Development Engineer, Office Web Apps
Great job! The only thing that is missing is to publish these changes to Sharepoint as well!