Everyone talks about Cloud Computing today and Microsoft has introduced yet another suite called ‘Microsoft Office Web Apps’ which employs this cutting edge technology. The Most user-friendly suite is now on the Web platform and enables easy and quick sharing of documents, worksheets , pictures , slide shows and more from almost any place , any day and on any platform.  With the world being enormously familiar with the other versions of Microsoft office like 2003 and later, beginning of ‘Office Web Apps’  will make lives easier .

Microsoft pronounces on Office Web Apps that they are the lightweight version extensions of the already thriving office suites and will help people work efficiently when they are even on the go! The Office Web Apps includes Word Web App, Excel Web App, PowerPoint Web App and OneNote Web App that are accessed via Internet and eases the task of robust and reliable sharing of Information among the users.

MS Office Web Apps for Personal Use:

Microsoft’s Office Web Apps are now available to the Individuals, home offices, and small to medium businesses through ‘Windows Live SkyDrive’. All they need is a Windows Live Id, a supported browser like Internet Explorer 7 or above, Safari 4 or above, Firefox 3.5 or above and Internet Connection. Microsoft’s ‘SkyDrive’ is an online storage area where users can upload and share files, pictures, videos etc., Consumers have to sign up for a Free Windows Live Id to access the SkyDrive and start to work online with the Office Web Apps suite to view, edit and share documents, worksheets, presentations and more. Users can collaborate with their co-workers or friends and share data with utmost convenience, security and consistency irrespective of their location.

MS Office Web Apps for Business organizations:

Corporate Bodies and large-scale businesses, who posses license for Microsoft Office 2010 via the ‘Volume Licensing Program’, can operate Office Web Apps on their server that equips Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 or Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. The Office Web Apps are well associated with the SharePoint 2010 products. On installing the Office Web Apps, seamless integration of Office Web Apps services and features with the SharePoint 2010 features and services happen almost instantly. The Key is that once the integration takes place, employees can access and work with the organization’s files regardless of the location via a supported Web Browser.

What the Office Web Apps suite offers:

  1. 1. Office Web Apps keeps users on top of the information shared on the Web.
  2. 2. With Microsoft’s already popular desktop suites and interfaces, the New Office Web Apps suite is all set to enhance team productivity with easy learning from the end user perception.
  3. 3. With Office Web Apps – the online version of the well-known Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote applications, user have the most recent data updates of the documents, spreadsheets, and presentations at their hand, hassle free.
  4. 4. Synchronous Viewing, Editing of documents, workbooks, presentations online via a web browser

Experts state that the Office Web Apps have its own issues and some of the great features of the local version of the suite are missing in it. So, only time alone can tell whether this well-designed Office Web Apps will stand against Google Docs, which is the robust web application today.