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Microsoft to launch Office web apps Monday?

updated 03:30 pm EDT, Thu July 9, 2009

MS Office Web Apps Monday

Microsoft's Monday event should mark a more formal debut for the company's Office Web suite, tipsters said on Thursday. Although announced nine months ago, the suite is now said by Neowin to be getting a demonstration. It's not known if Microsoft will commit to a public release at the gathering.

Office Web is intended as a higher-end competitor to Google Docs and replicates as much as possible of the offline versions of Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Word in a browser. Integration is its most important feature and will ultimately let users export work to the web and share it with Windows Mobile or other PCs. Casual users should have free ad-based access, but there will also be a subscription-based version intended for serious regular users or workplaces.

The company should also provide details of its beta testing program for Office 2010, a Windows-only release meant as a companion for Windows 7.

By Electronista Staff


  1. van rijn

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    Joined: Sep 2002


    all aboard

    the fail boat

  1. ricardogf

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    A bloated, web-based Office by Microshit? No, thanks. FAIL.

  1. c4rlob

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    Now we get to watch them clog up our Web browsers all day too? NO thanks. This should be fun watching them try to market this and divide it up into several little arbitrary pieces and tiers or service

  1. WiseWeasel

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    All the benefits of using a lousy web interface for your office apps, without that pesky free price of gOffice... sign me up!

  1. inick06

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    Windows Only!!!

    So, if we want to use this sh..t, we all MUST have their Windows 7 and of course their IE ??? No Macs? No Linux?... And also, we have to "$ubscribe" to have some "features"?
    Ok!!! Definitively, they haven't understood nothing! And we must have to say that Google has understood all!

  1. Mr. Strat

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    Joined: Jan 2002


    Get out the Vaseline

    Yeah, this will be Windows only and, given the horrid interface of Office 2007, not even close to intuitive.

  1. Herod

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    Joined: Jun 2007


    got a slogan for it.

    OfficeWeb. It just stinks.

  1. shawnde

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    Joined: Apr 2008


    ActiveX and SilverLight

    And of course, they'll force you to install their crapware like SilverLight, so that you'll be fully entrenched in MS technology. Yippeee !

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