Microsoft launches web-based MS Office apps
Today Microsoft rolled-out the first public Beta of Microsoft Office Web Applications, under the Office Online branding. This a useful new online service which offers a basic web-based version of popular programs like MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint, which run in your internet browser.
MS Office Web Apps is delivered on the Windows Live portal, a comprehensive portfolio of online apps. Integrated with SkyDrive for web-based file management, Office Web Apps provides a convenient way to store, manage and edit documents and spreadsheets on any computer or device that has an internet connection and a reasonable web browser.
The new online version of Office apps is clearly being positioned in the marketplace as the number-one internet destination for handling documents and spreadsheets. It supersedes Office Live, a previous online incarnation of office which was first announced in 2005. The Beta of Microsoft's original web-based Office service was previewed in February 2006, throwing-down the gauntlet to Google who then had to play catch-up. However, it seems likely that aspects of Office Web Apps have taken inspiration from aspects of Google Docs which was released in late 2006. Google Docs was a reworked third-party product called Writely which was acquired by Google in March 2006, presumably as a strategic counter-attach against to Bill Gates’ 2005 announcement and the February preview of web-based Office.
The range of web apps available through Windows Live also includes email (Live Mail) and social networking (Live Spaces), internet search (Bing), information (MSN), and of course much more. There’s a mobile version of everything too, through Windows Live Mobile, optimised for mobile devices or low-power computers like netbooks.
18 September 2009
Tags: microsoft office web applications beta office web apps office web apps skydrive cloud google apps google docs ms apps online ria client browser windows live competition competitive intelligence business strategy technology news