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One of the great things about a service is that when a feature is ready, we can ship it. So today Office 365 customers will start to see the latest Office Web Apps features. For those of you on the Office 365 Preview, you've already had a sneak peek at what's new. For the rest of you, a refresher on what Office Web Apps are, and highlights of new capabilities beginning to roll out in this Office 365 service update, visible when working with your attachments and documents within Exchange Online and SharePoint Online.
Using browser-based Office Web Apps you can view, collaborate on and share documents, presentations, spreadsheets and notes from anywhere, whether Office on the desktop is available or not.
For this latest round of updates, we've focused on adding editing and formatting controls, consistent co-authoring/collaboration support across the web apps and expanded device support, including touch-enabled editing from tablets. Across the apps, there's also a clean new look and feel, informed by the updated design language you're seeing from across Microsoft.
In Word Web App, get new support for viewing and adding comments. You'll also see graphics, images, and layout with excellent fidelity. Format and design documents right from a browser with commonly used features from Word on the desktop, including new page layout tools, picture tools and word count. In addition to comment support, new co-authoring in Word Web App makes it easier to work together on the web.
With Excel Web App you get essential spreadsheet features, such as merge cells, context menus, auto-fit columns, formula assistance, fill handle and AutoSum. Manipulate and visualize data for deeper insights with support for high fidelity charts including 3D, improved Query Table and Data Validation support, Slicer functionality and Pivot Chart interactivity.
When using PowerPoint Web App presentations look like they do on the desktop, with high-resolution slides, full transitions, and viewable comments. Audio and video playback is now supported, even from a tablet or phone. Drag and drop support makes for easier layouts. While the ability to insert images, apply transitions and animations, or add a pre-designed theme make polished presentations from a browser possible. And new co-authoring and comment support in PowerPoint Web App improves collaboration in the cloud.
OneNote Web App updates. Users can find what they need more easily with the ability to search on a page or within a section. And new support for ink viewing makes more information accessible from the web. Just click to type anywhere on the page to add a note, picture or a tag. Notes can now be shared as a URL, viewable on a phone, PC or tablet through a browser.
Not only are we delivering new features, but we've done some work on the backend to make it easier to update and deploy new Office Web Apps features and services. We've decoupled Office Web Apps from SharePoint Online. The two services will continue work well together. However, by deploying Office Web Apps as a standalone service, we can ship improvements when they're ready, independent of the SharePoint Online ship cycle (and vice versa).
Additionally, by serving all of our hosts out of one service center, customers will see more consistency between the Office Web Apps available as part of Office 365 and our consumer service, SkyDrive. In fact, over the weekend the Office Web Apps on SkyDrive hit general availability, bringing the latest updates to consumers within days of our rollout on Office 365.
As we shared with you this spring, we’re no longer supporting IE7 across Office 365 services. If you are using IE7 with the updated Office Web Apps, they won't render properly. Update to IE 8 or higher to take advantage of the new Office Web Apps features.
That's just the tip of the iceberg. Want to learn more about new Office Web App functionality? Take a look at Office Web App Group Program Manager, Mike Morton's, blog post for a deep dive into the latest features from in Office Web Apps.
Customers may start to see these changes today. As we continue to roll out the service update worldwide, all Office 365 customers will experience all the new Office Web App goodness by the early part of next year.
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Can you decide whether you want to use the web apps or use the applications that are locally on your Windows 7 machine?
Great stuff!! I'll be looking forward to this changes.
mrmyth yeah you can do that since the older versión of Office Web apps.
I am Looking forward to the addtion of Apps
MrMyth are you asking if the "apps" will replace the current "add-in" options or will both Manage "add-in" AND Manage "Apps" will be available concurrently?
When will SharePoint 2013 be available for O365 Online Small Biz Subscribers?
何気なくOffice 365のテクニカルブログ見てて気づいたんですが、Office 365のシステム要件ページが更新されているようです。 気づいた投稿（Office Web Apps更新関係の内容）。
Our users are getting errors all over the place due to these new "web apps":
* Workbook cannot be opened because it contains the following features that are not supported by Excel in the browser: Data Validation
* Word Web App cannot open this document for viewing because of an unexpected error...
* The operation has been canceled due to restrictions in effect on this computer...
* Could not open "tenant.sharepoint.com/.../..."
I went into certain sites where people were complaining and activated the "Force Native Apps" feature which stopped the first error. The other three we cannot correct. Our users are using IE8. There needs to be a way to test features somewhere before you go live with them. How do we get support for these?
Is it possible to request that we have SharePoint Online service update codenamed SU4 applied now or soon?
What is the Office 365 service update rollout schedule? Can we request the upgrade now?
We are experiencing the same problem with the Excel Web Access web part. It displays a big error message and the workbook won't display because the workbook includes data validation.
This is a new subscription and we haven't gone live yet, so it would be very helpful to know the upgrade schedule so we can set our go-live date and add more users.
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