All of this means Office Web Apps will be everywhere in just a few months time – expect integrated links through Windows Live, for instance, and be ready to start editing documents on iPhones and other suitable smartphone devices.
Linux users will finally be able to escape the nightmare of saving Open Office documents in .DOC format only to find when opened in Microsoft Word that they either don’t work or the formatting is lost – Office Web Apps offers the opportunity to simply edit the document, save it and email it.
One major element of Office Web Apps will be that of collaboration. If we understand the massive sea-change in document creation and management that the arrival of Microsoft Office 2010 and Office Web Apps will represent, this new way of working will be further extended by two new collaboration methods.
It’s exciting to think that you could be working on a Word document in the office, run out of time and be able to save it and continue work on it on the train home via your Windows Mobile or iPhone, or pop into a cyber cafe while on holiday and add your thoughts to a PowerPoint presentation.
Office Live Workspace allows for either a SharePoint style method of ownership over a document by whoever has it open as well as enabling real-time collaboration via Microsoft SharedView, enabling desktop and documents to be shared with others currently online and a member of your workspace.
Just a few months away, Office Web apps represent very exciting developments in productivity and group working!
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