Feeds

Web-based Office misses August appointment

Tests promised "soon"

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Microsoft has promised the planned web version of its Office applications will be available for testing "soon," after missing its August deadline.

A company spokesperson told The Reg Friday: "At WPC, we said the Office Web applications technical preview would tentatively be available in the August timeframe. While they will not be available by the end of August, we are still planning to release them soon."

The Reg was at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) last month, and we don't recall the words "tentative" or "timeframe" being used in relation to the planned, limited technical preview.

Microsoft was unable to give a reason for why the technical preview has been delayed.

It was notable at WPC, Microsoft did not release the technical preview at the same time as it released technical previews for companions Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010.

Microsoft talked briefly about Office Web applications at the show - a move that suggested much work remained on features. Much of the focus was on the full Office 2010.

We learned that Office Web applications would be offered in three ways: for free through Windows Live, on a paid basis on premises for Office annuity customers, and via Microsoft Online Services.

Microsoft also demonstrated the ability for different users to author Excel and PowerPoint documents simultaneously and for the same documents to be displayed on a PC, mobile phone, and in the browser while retaining the same formatting.

Documents will be able to run the same in different browsers and view documents via a link in an email. Also, it was promised you'll be able to view and scroll through Office Web applications on Apple's iPhone.

It's the latest setback for the highly anticipated Office Web applications. Planned tools for the online applications failed to materialize as promised in the wake of October 2008's Professional Developers' Conference, where the idea of the online suite was officially unveiled.

How much of a setback this is remains to be seen. Microsoft is not yet in SAP territory, although the company faces a similar dilemma. The enterprise-resource planning (ERP) giant talked up the online version of its core business applications, but repeatedly failed to deliver anything beyond screen shots.

Making the applications available online posed a challenge to the core-on site business of SAP in the same way Office Web apps will make customers question the need for a full version of Office 2010. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan
'Veteran Unix Admins' fear desktop emphasis is betraying open source
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'
Open-source 'love' fairly runneth over at cloud event
Return of the Jedi – Apache reclaims web server crown
.london, .hamburg and .公司 - that's .com in Chinese - storm the web server charts
Chrome 38's new HTML tag support makes fatties FIT and SKINNIER
First browser to protect networks' bandwith using official spec
Admins! Never mind POODLE, there're NEW OpenSSL bugs to splat
Four new patches for open-source crypto libraries
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.