Was feeling a little left behind by not getting access to the Office Web Apps beta program but then I got a mail and I got access. I is happy. Here are some pointers:
This is more like an extension to Skydrive than Office Live Workspaces (for now).
Office Live Workspaces users will be moved to Office Web Apps in 2010 (acc. to Mary Jo Foley)
Online Word (read-only possible) & One Note aren’t available as of now.
This isn’t out to kill Google Docs but to ensure that more people don’t migrate to it. With Office 2010 & Web Apps together, Redmond’s got a chance.
You have the ability to Edit & Create documents with some level formatting.
On Windows, Office Web Apps worked on Chrome 4 (dev channel), IE 8, Safari 4, & Firefox 3.5
Does not work on Opera 10 Beta 3 (that’s all the love Opera gets from me.)
To get access you might wanna try uploading a document (Word, Excel or PPT) to your Skydrive & hope that Steve Ballmer smiles on you.
Here is Office Web Apps for you:
Go to your Skydrive’s Public (or security enabled) folder. Make sure you’re not in the ‘Pictures’ folder.
At the top you’ll find ‘New’ as an option. Screenshot:
PowerPoint Web App:
The beauty about PowerPoint+Silverlight+Office Web Apps is that you can view your presentations with the same animations that you created them – as is. Unfortunately no animation editing can be done via Web Apps. Here are some PowerPoint Web screenshots:
New PowerPoint Document:
Options available in PowerPoint:
Add New Slide Menu:
PowerPoint in SlideShow View:
Powerpoint in Full Screen Mode:
Once you’ve created a document in Skydrive and navigate back to the folder you’re greeted with a nice big icon with options to View or Edit it:
Not a heavy Excel user but there seem to be good amount editing options in the Web version. Screenshot:
Here’s what I get for Word & One Note:
But you can view existing Word documents. Screenshot:
Well that’s the only word document worth sharing I had.
Here’s a video by Microsoft on Office Web Apps.