Microsoft has released an improvised version of their Office Web Apps incorporated with the SkyDrive file hosting service. With this new feature incorporated to the SkyDrive cloud storage service, users of SkyDrive will be able to use the popular Microsoft Office programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote from their SkyDrive web app. This feature removes the problems involved earlier in downloading the document and then editing the document in offline mode, which you had to upload again for keeping the edited version on the drive. However, with the web apps in place, now you can edit the documents right from your web browser.
Microsoft has pointed out in their Windows Live help website that when a user now clicks on a word document, it will open in an editor like interface in the website, so that you can edit and save the changes right from the website. We can say that at last Microsoft started following the path shown by Google as Google has been providing this feature with their Google Docs service for a long time now. However, the strong point of Microsoft is that their interface looks just like that of Microsoft Office so that Office users will be able to work easily with new web apps.
Microsoft has introduced both desktop and tablet versions of the Web apps program for Windows 8 and RT tablets. However, with new update done last week, the web apps will now support Android devices too. This will give Microsoft entry to a larger segment of users as Android has the largest number of devices in the market now. However, for accessing web apps from the Android device, you need to use the Google Chrome web browser. As of now, it is the only web browser in Android tablets that supports working with web apps.
One of the most notable features added to the web apps is that it now features co-authoring. This means that all the users will be able to see the changes made to the document as they are made. This releases the users from the trouble of reloading the website at regular intervals for seeing the current changes made to the document. However, Microsoft states that only PowerPoint documents will support this feature for now and support for other applications will be added later. Contact our Windows Live help desk for further details.