Microsoft Office Web Apps available on the 15th of June
May 14th, 2010 - 10:29 am ET by J. G.
Microsoft Office will make its online debut with Web Apps in mid-June 2010.
On Wednesday, Microsoft proceeded with the global launch of their Office 2010 suite for enterprise, with product compatibility ranging from the PC to Web browser and the mobile phone via Office Mobile 2010, with the aim being to make the user experience similar on each of these "three screens".
For enterprise clients, this launch also coincides with Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010’s release. The next version of the unified communication tools, Office Communication Server 14, will be available in the coming autumn.
Whether it be the Ribbon user interface which has been generalised right through Outlook 2010, GPU support for graphics in PowerPoint, the previewing and automatic display of a Word document (without having to open the document), Sparklines in Excel (simplification of the data viewing) and even native PDF support, Microsoft has really emphasised the "new professional uses" in Office 2010.
This is also the case with online group work where multiple editors can work on the same document (Word, PowerPoint, OneNote), evolving email management (sorting by conversation, emails written by a certain theme, Mail Tips to display recommendations) and advanced calendar functions in Outlook. With Outlook Social Connector, Outlook has opened up to social networks, allowing you to see a user’s history. Connectors will be made available for Facebook, LinkedIn and even Viadeo.
The Office Web Apps are light versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote made available online. These will soon be available to clients with large Microsoft license plans through a subscription made with Microsoft Online Services. These Offices Web Apps won’t just be made available to professionals though.
In June, Microsoft will commercially launch Office 2010, this time to the general public. We already know the pre-order prices, and the products made available in each of these releases. Partnered with Windows Live and document hosting options made available via SkyDrive, the Office Web Apps have been scheduled for release in mid-June 2010, with the service to be free as it will be financed through advertising. The deployment will be done progressively from the 15th of June.
It is this future release of Office online which has partly led to Google’s reaction of strongly pushing their Google Docs suite.