Microsoft Previews New Web Applications Based on Office Software

Submitted by lalit on October 28, 2008 - 3:49pm.

Along with Windows 7 Microsoft also demoed its new Web applications for Office at Professional Developers Conference 2008. The Web applications are lightweight versions of Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote that can be used within standard web browser. Microsoft showed how users could use Web, Phone and Computer version of Office to edit the same rich document, switching among them seamlessly without losing file compatibility.
"Microsoft supports diversity in work styles and understands that customers want choice and flexibility in how and where they work," said Stephen Elop, president of the Microsoft Business Division. "Microsoft is in a unique position to meet that customer need. Office enables people to view, edit, share information and collaborate on documents on the desktop, phone and in the browser, and do so in a consistent and familiar way."
The Web application will be released with next version of Microsoft Office. Office Web applications for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote will be available to individuals through Office Live, and to business through a hosted subscription and existing volume licensing programs. Microsoft will release a private technical preview of Office Web applications later this year and it will work on Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari web browser.
[Via PR Newswire]