The new Office Web Apps are now live!
Thanks to all 750,000 of you who have helped put the Office Web Apps Preview through its paces since it went live in July. This scale of use and thousands of pieces of feedback prior to general availability has helped us tweak and improve the quality of the latest Office Web Apps update. In addition to addressing the top customer requests and issues, we’ve also fine-tuned Office Web Apps to work with the final version of IE10, Windows 8, and iOS 6.
And today, the latest and greatest Office Web Apps experience has been rolled out across SkyDrive and Outlook.com.
Since first available in 2010, Office Web Apps have ensured that the most common Office tools are always within reach. With just a browser, you can access your documents and communicate and work with anyone, from anywhere. And in this release we’ve focused on adding editing and formatting controls, consistent co-authoring/collaboration support across the web apps and expanded device support, including touch-friendly editing from tablets. Across the apps, there’s also a clean new look and feel, informed by the design language you’re seeing from across Microsoft.
In Word Web App, you’ll see graphics, images, and layout with high fidelity, including new support for viewing and adding comments. Format and design documents right from a browser with commonly used features from Word on the desktop, including new page layout tools, picture tools and word count.
With Excel Web App you get essential spreadsheet features, such as merge cells, context menus, auto-fit columns, formula assistance, fill handle and AutoSum. Visualize your data with high fidelity charts, including 3D. And you can now print right from your browser and rename or add sheets as you need.
When using PowerPoint Web App, presentations look like they do on the desktop, with high-resolution slides, full transitions, and viewable comments. Audio and video playback is now supported, even from a tablet or phone. The ability to insert images, apply transitions and animations, or add a pre-designed theme allow you to add polish to your presentation from the browser. And new co-authoring and comment support in PowerPoint Web App improves collaboration in the cloud.
With OneNote Web App updates, find what you need more easily with the ability to search on a page or within a section. And new support for ink viewing makes more information accessible from the web. Just click-to-type anywhere on the page to add a note, picture or a tag. And notes can now be shared as a URL, viewable on a phone, PC or tablet through a browser.
And those are just the highlights, there’s more. Read the blog from Mike Morton, Office Web Apps Principal Program Manager, for a behind the scenes look at the new Office Web Apps.
Or see it for yourself now, sign in to SkyDrive.com today!