Microsoft released Office Web Apps globally last week. They have become the easiest way to collaborate with your colleagues and friends since their launch last June. This is one of Microsoft’s most important offerings at the web tier as it competes directly with one of Google’s biggest competitors.
Collaborate with Office Web Apps
Office web applications are available worldwide and serve 750 million Hotmail users. It made a promise by adding 18 more countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. In just 9 months, more than 190 countries were covered.
Let me give you an overview of the simplicity and usability of Office Web Apps from a collaboration perspective. Let me show you how to save and send Office documents as Office Web Apps.
- Open Hotmail and click Submit. Click Office Documentsand find the file you want to upload.
- Here I have selected the file of the word “Doc2.docx”. After downloading, you will find a message like this:
” This online document saved on your SkyDrive” means that your Office document was saved as Office Web Apps.
- Send an email and you will see that your document file has been added to your SkyDrive.
- The recipient will receive an email informing them that an online file has been provided to me with a link to access that file.
Someone might ask that when I can “ just attach the file and send” , why would I then attach the file as “em” “Office Doc and send”!
The reason is very simple: Simply attaching a file deprives you of the opportunity to make your life easier because you cannot use it to collaborate with others. The beauty of web apps is that you don’t have to edit the file and send it over and over again. Just grant privileges to your colleagues, ask them to edit and save them.