Office Web Apps Preview: Office Web Apps now better than ever
Saturday, July 21, 2012 1:19:01 PM
Reading the blogpost, anyone can understand that Microsoft has made many great enhancements in the preview.
"You can try out the new Office Web Apps on SkyDrive by signing in using this special link or you can participate in the Office 365 Preview." Microsoft says.
These are screenshots of Word, Excel and PowerPoint Preview Web Apps, in Internet Explorer 8, Windows XP SP3.
As you can see, there are many more layout tools than before. According to Microsoft
"You can now change the page size, orientation, margins, paragraph spacing, indentation, and much more. We've also significantly updated the UI so these changes are now WYSIWIG while editing."
For Excel, Microsoft says "The Excel Web App now supports PivotTable editing, QueryTables, richer charts, new types of slicers, and much more." "Better copy/paste, improved undo, and the ability to print in Excel." There's also a new feature called "Excel Surveys".
"Ever wanted to collect data from a group of people directly into a spreadsheet? Now you can, easily, without them having to worry about where to enter the data because they are presented with a clean, simple, survey."
According to a comment by a Microsoft employee, Excel Surveys won't be available on Office Web Apps Preview till next month.
The employee also said in a reply to a question asked by someone in comments that -
"We're getting closer with the data validation support. In previous versions Excel Web App wouldn't even load files that contained data validation and now we do. We're still working on adding the ability to interact with the data validation though - stay tuned, we know it's an important feature."
Drawing tools (or "Shapes") have been enhanced in PowerPoint Web App. "You can now add, resize, format, rotate, duplicate, and style a wide variety of shapes." Microsoft says.
Also, added are Animations and Transitions, though only 2-3 animations and transitions are available at this point.
Also, now when you view a PowerPoint presentation containing videos, you can now see those videos with standard playing controls.
Other common new features include co-authoring among all Office web apps (previously only Excel and OneNote were supported), commenting in documents and presentations, performance improvements, many improvements for touch devices and more.
These are really nice improvements, and I am looking forward to more of them. Office Web Apps, with all these new features, is excellent for simple editing and creating simple documents, presentations and spreadsheets.
WARNING: Many editing features are broken in Opera (using 12.00 here). Please use other browsers for testing.