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Microsoft reveals Office Web

updated 04:35 pm EDT, Tue October 28, 2008

Microsoft Office Web

Microsoft today backed up the unveiling of Windows 7 with Office Web, the company's first ground-up, web-based production suite. The online apps include simpler versions of Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Word that share a similar interface to Office 2007 and will let users both edit and view documents anywhere they have a broadband Internet connection. Microsoft explains that the feature will give users a consistent experience and access to Office even on mobile devices with advanced web browsers.

The files should be savable both online and off for working away from an Internet connection, though Microsoft hasn't announced whether the web app itself will be convertible to an offline version for use outside of the network. No mention has been made of whether Office Web will require either Internet Explorer or Windows to function properly, though the company has in the past made its Windows Live web services compatible with non-Microsoft platforms.

Office Web should be available alongside the release of Office 14, the next traditional version of the company's software. Like existing Office Live services, Web should be available both in a free ad-sponsored version as well as a paid, ad-free version.

Microsoft's release is believed in part to be a reaction to Google Documents, which already supports the creation of presentations, spreadsheets and reports on the web and which can also be converted to an offline app through Google Gears and similar tools. The service has relatively low adoption versus Office but has been increasingly used primarily or exclusively by those not already dependent on Office.

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  1. BelugaShark

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    what a nerve

    MS worked so hard to kill Sun Java that was supposed to provide web apps exactly like this, and downplayed the importance of such technologies when they were being sued in Washington.

  1. bhuot

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    advanced web browsers?

    "mobile devices with advanced web browsers"

    Are they referring to iPhones or Windows mobile devices with Pocket Internet Explorer?

  1. bhuot

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    why not

    "require either Internet Explorer or Windows" since Internet Explorer is WIndows only, why don't they just say Windows required unless they are supporting Internet Explorer under Wine.

  1. Guest

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    true enough....

    but you must also remember this is the company founded by the person who famously said "no-one will ever need more than 640k" and "The Internet? Just a passing fad!"

  1. Guest

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    iSheep

    Ha ha ha...FREE Office for the masses and you are all crying foul!

    Ha ha ha...poor Apple and sob Google...

    ROFL

  1. bhuot

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    not quite

    "free ad-sponsored version as well as a paid, ad-free version"The free version has ads, you cannot use this offline and your data is still held hostage by Microsoft. Plus it probably has all the bugs of the full version.

  1. dimmer

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    Joined: Feb 2006

    +1

    Support

    Includes IE, Firefox and Safari, which is a good sign I guess.

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