Friday, 18 September 2009 04:28

Microsoft previews Office Web Apps

A technical preview of Microsoft Office Web Apps has begun, giving selected members of the public a first look at Microsoft's answer to Google Apps.

Microsoft Office Web Apps delivers lightweight versions of the company's Office applications via the web-based Windows Live service.

The idea is to provide the familiar Office functionality and user interface in web applications that can be used almost anywhere that a web connection is available.

Michael Schultz, director of marketing for Microsoft Office Services at Microsoft, said "these are the online extensions of the well-known desktop applications that customers can use where they want, when they want. The application interfaces will look instantly familiar, and documents maintain their fidelity, whether working in the cloud or in desktop applications."

He added "we’re making the Office Web Apps accessible across PCs and Macs, and available using Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari."

The technical preview program gives participants access to early versions of Word Web App, Excel Web App and PowerPoint Web App. A OneNote Web App is also under development.

Following the lead of Google and other developers, Office Web Applications will allow people to collaborate on documents.

More features will be added to the apps before they are made public, and closer integration with Office 2010 is planned. One example will be the ability to embed documents in blog posts and other web pages.

The invitation-only technical preview will be followed by a public beta and the release of the service in the first half of 2010.

As with other web applications, Microsoft's stated strategy with Office Web Apps is to make frequent updates based on user feedback, rather than the traditional 'big bang' update cycle.

Office Web Apps will be offered three ways: via Windows Live, as part of Office 2010 volume licensing (using on-premises SharePoint Server), and via Microsoft Online Services.

Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here

Now’s the Time for 400G Migration

The optical fibre community is anxiously awaiting the benefits that 400G capacity per wavelength will bring to existing and future fibre optic networks.

Nearly every business wants to leverage the latest in digital offerings to remain competitive in their respective markets and to provide support for fast and ever-increasing demands for data capacity. 400G is the answer.

Initial challenges are associated with supporting such project and upgrades to fulfil the promise of higher-capacity transport.

The foundation of optical networking infrastructure includes coherent optical transceivers and digital signal processing (DSP), mux/demux, ROADM, and optical amplifiers, all of which must be able to support 400G capacity.

With today’s proprietary power-hungry and high cost transceivers and DSP, how is migration to 400G networks going to be a viable option?

PacketLight's next-generation standardised solutions may be the answer. Click below to read the full article.


WEBINAR PROMOTION ON ITWIRE: It's all about webinars

These days our customers Advertising & Marketing campaigns are mainly focussed on webinars.

If you wish to promote a Webinar we recommend at least a 2 week campaign prior to your event.

The iTWire campaign will include extensive adverts on our News Site and prominent Newsletter promotion and Promotional News & Editorial.

This coupled with the new capabilities 5G brings opens up huge opportunities for both network operators and enterprise organisations.

We have a Webinar Business Booster Pack and other supportive programs.

We look forward to discussing your campaign goals with you.


Stephen Withers

joomla visitors

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous




Guest Opinion

Guest Interviews

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News