Microsoft starts Office Web Apps roll out
Hopes SkyDrive service won't nosedive
Microsoft has released its Office Web Apps in the UK via its online SkyDrive storage service.
The software giant plans to roll out its rival to Google Docs gradually. Currently it is only available to the US, Ireland, Blighty and Canada.
Redmond has slotted the tools into its Windows Live service, so it now sits alongside Hotmail, in a similar way to how Google Docs are knitted into Gmail.
On 15 June the rest of the world will also gain access to Microsoft's Office Web Apps, which MS described as an "online companion to Office 2010."
The service includes the ability for users to view, create, edit and share Word 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010 and Excel 2010 documents on phones, PCs and Apple Mac computers. It is also accessible via Internet Explorer, Safari and Firefox, but not Google's Chrome.
In fact - as we've noted previously - OWA only lovingly extends official support to Internet Explorer 7 and 8; Firefox 3.5 on Windows, Mac, and Linux; and Safari 4 on Mac. And that's it. ®
Cost of Running Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Vista... ?
I don’t think Office live works cross platform…
“To use Microsoft Office Live, your computer must meet one of the following requirements:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8 running on Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Vista. You can download Internet Explorer from the Internet Explorer page.
Mozilla Firefox running on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, or Mac OS X 10.2.x and later. You can download Firefox from the Firefox download page.”
But Spaces were crap anyway.
Get a proper blog and link your stuff.
At the Same Time
I don't know if anyone noticed, but at the same time they removed some of the features on SPACES - page statistics and rich formating in the guestbook, wiping out any previous guestbook entries completely !!