Feeds

Microsoft injects more juice into Office Web Apps

90% of docs still created on desktop, not in cloud

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Microsoft claimed yesterday that more than 20 million people have accessed its Office Web Apps service in the past 100 days.

As a result of that attention, the company has responded to customer comments about the product and added some new features to its cloudy productivity suite.

It’s added a tool that allows customers to open Office files on their desktop directly from its cloud-based SkyDrive storage function.

“We added this feature after seeing that over 90 per cent of the Office documents on SkyDrive are created in Office on the desktop. Making it easier for you to work with those files just makes sense,” said Microsoft’s Office Apps product manager Evan Lew in a blog post.

There’s also a new embed feature for PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets, allowing them to be displayed in a blog or on a website.

With PowerPoint presentations, viewers can page through a mini version of the slides or view in full screen. For example, you might embed a PowerPoint presentation of photos from your last vacation, share slides from a lecture or talk that you enjoyed, or broadcast your knowledge of a special subject.

Microsoft has additionally made Office Web Apps available to seven more countries this week. It’s already live in the US, the UK, Canada and Ireland.

The service has now been rolled out to Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Russia and Switzerland.

Microsoft has the full rundown here. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
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.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.