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  • Microsoft Updates its Office Web Apps to Counter Apple's Free iWork Suite


    Following the major update to Apple’s iWork productivity suite for Mac, iOS and Web, Microsoft responded this week with its own significant updates to the company’s web-based Office applications. Most significantly, Microsoft announced that it has now added real-time co-authoring to its suite of Office Web Apps, allowing users to contribute to and edit documents simultaneously. The collaboration tools are now available for Microsoft’s Word Web App, PowerPoint Web App, and Excel Web App. The company mentioned the following in a blog post:

    New real-time presence helps you see where your co-authors are working in the document so that you don't create conflicts as you edit. Additionally, the new ability to see changes to text and formatting as they happen will help you and your co-authors stay on the same page as your ideas develop and evolve.
    The Word Web App has also been improved with new formatting controls including headers, footers and page numbers. Documents now automatically save and reflect collaborative updates and the Web-based word processor includes find and replace functionality. Microsoft has also added a new table styles feature that offers users a number of preset options. Page breaks can now also be inserted into the Web Word App for more document control.

    Microsoft’s Excel Web App also saw significant updates, such as sheet protection which prevents users from selecting or typing in protected cells; status bar aggregates, which show values for multiple selected cells; and reorder sheets, allowing users to quickly move sheets into a desired order. Excel on the Web has also added the ability to drag and drop cells and rename workbooks. Microsoft has promised that it has “much more in the pipeline,” with additional features expected to be added in the coming months, greatly expanding the functionality of its Web-based productivity suite.

    As mentioned before, the announcements were made just a few weeks after Apple announced collaboration for its own free Web-based iWork for iCloud suite. In a live demonstration at the company’s October keynote presentation, two users were shown editing a document at the same time, with their presence in the document shown within the browser. Apple’s iWork platform has been enhanced to work across the Web , on a Mac and on iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad. In revamping the suite, Apple was forced to change or remove several features which left many users unhappy. The company has indicated that a significant number of these features will return within the next six months but in the meantime, Microsoft appears to have released their update at an opportune time.

    Source: Microsoft Office (blog)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft Updates its Office Web Apps to Counter Apple's Free iWork Suite started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Microsoft has web apps?
    1. ohthatguyagain's Avatar
      ohthatguyagain -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      Microsoft has web apps?
      No, it's simply Internet-enabled software. Same garbage as the rest of the spyware and adware developers in the world.
    1. stulaw11's Avatar
      stulaw11 -
      Other issue is MS garbage charges to take your docs on iOS. Apple iworks apps are 100% FREE.

      Will never pay $100/year for MS garbage web apps vs. free.
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      Microsoft has web apps?
      Yes, they have two versions. One is hosted by MS, the second is through SharePoint.
    1. ccoltmanm's Avatar
      ccoltmanm -
      Quote Originally Posted by stulaw11 View Post
      Other issue is MS garbage charges to take your docs on iOS. Apple iworks apps are 100% FREE.

      Will never pay $100/year for MS garbage web apps vs. free.
      I disagree with your MS garbage statement. The Office Web Apps are very powerful. I use them to teach my English classes, in conjunction with SkyDrive. They are much stronger than Google Docs or other free suites. However, until this co-authoring ability, they have been limited. This is exciting news!