Office 2010 for students excludes Office Web Apps

Office 2010 for students excludes Office Web Apps

Summary: Microsoft Office Web Apps are not going to be part of the student version of Office 2010, Home and Student. Will students still be able to use the service? News


In a strange and frankly pathetic move on behalf of Microsoft, the Home and Student edition of the next generation of the Microsoft Office suite will not include Office Web Apps.

According to the documentation just released on the Microsoft website, looking through the editions available, Home and Student includes the same applications as Office 2007 but without the Office Web Apps function.

From inspecting the product documentation, Office 2010 Standard and Office 2010 Professional Plus will be providing Office Web Applications licenses.

There is limited access to the Microsoft Office Web Apps, which has been confirmed as the final name for the web applications, through SkyDrive at the moment. Only beta testers with Office 2010 access will be able to use the online office suite.

Office Web Apps seems to be running through SkyDrive rather than a separate service. Users can connect Office already to their Office WorkSpaces which may or may not interlink with SkyDrive, to then access their documents through the web interface.

The limited technical preview will open up the Word Web App, Excel Web App and PowerPoint Web App (as they are now officially known as), and the OneNote Web App will be added soon after. The simple reason is that it is not ready yet.

Support is being provided to Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari users; browsers which support the Silverlight software which is used to render the web applications.

What is interesting, however, is the wording of the answer to their self-provided question:

Are Office Web Apps free? What are the different ways people can get them? For business use, Office Professional Plus and Office Standard 2010 licenses will each include access to the Office Web Apps. A customer will then be able to run the Office Web Apps on SharePoint 2010. For personal use, Office Web Apps will be available as a free ad-supported service to consumers via Windows Live.

So while the Office Web Apps will still be available for use but will be paid-for by advertisements displayed on the screen.

Live@edu users will be given access to Office Web Apps "soon", according to Microsoft. The reason they get access before anybody else is explained in my previous post.

Update: after digging deeper into this, it does seem that though Office 2010 Home and Student will exclude Office Web Apps, the online suite of applications are designed more for the corporate environment - including universities.

Everyone, including students, will still have access to the Office Web Apps for free. The only difference is how they are delivered to the end user. It will be either through Windows Live - for consumers - or through SharePoint - for enterprises. The SharePoint interface will have no advertisements whereas the consumer view in Windows Live will be advert supported.

Again, Live@edu users will still have access through their university networks. However if universities and colleges opt to roll out the more enterprise based Office suite to their client machines, students will have access to Office Web Apps available over the Internet but will be hosted internally.

Internally-hosted Office Web Apps allows integration with existing university network logins, whereas Windows Live will not (Live@edusupports local Active Directory integration). It will also include backup and restore features and groupings for organisation in true SharePoint style.

It is therefore up to the educational establishment to consider Office Web Apps for its users - the students - as opposed to the students buying a copy of Home and Student and having instant access to the web applications.

They still haven't included Outlook in the Home and Student edition. This is something that still grates me but something that will probably never change.

Topics: Cloud, Collaboration, Microsoft, Software

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  • I have to defend Microsoft here

    They have chosen to play in the price game so that's what you get: a

    You don't get a Rolls-Royce for the price of a Ford Ka now do you?

    MS has enormous investment costs to recover here. I'm no MS lover
    but their stock value is stagnant, it is supported primarily by
    institutional investors like counties, cities, pension funds, etc. It's
    market cap is only $100 m more than Apple and Apple's share price is
    fully 8 times what MS' share price is.

    If you are going to buy the cheap stuff you just aren't going to get as
    much for it and that's that.

    Neither Microsoft, Apple, HP nor Dell are welfare agencies that must
    keep the poorest amongst us armed with the latest and greatest

    MS is under enormous financial pressure. The CEO is a salesman who
    doesn't really understand technology and software, just sales.

    So, let them be the market oriented company selling to the enterprise
    that they are. There is no reason they should offer their best product
    on the cheap to consumers.
  • Don't get too excited about Office Web Apps

    Before getting too excited about Office Web Apps, remember:
    - Google's strength comes from its support of open standards.
    - Microsoft's strength comes from its ability to lock-in users, with proprietary technology.

    Google builds web apps & services that are intended to run EQUALLY WELL on ANY PLATFORM with a modern, standards-compliant browser.

    Microsoft builds web apps & services that only run/always run BETTER, with other MICROSOFT PRODUCTS & proprietary technologies (Windows/Office/IE/Silverlight). This serves to "lock" users, into their ecosystem.

    Look at the hell businesses are going through now, just to move from IE6, to a modern web browser.

    Unless Microsoft can demonstrate that they have truly changed, I'll take Google, thank-you.

    As they say: Buyer beware.
  • Office Web Apps : WHO CARES?

    Honestly... Zack.. The Office Web Apps will be free for everyone. There will just be Ads to pay for it. Besides, if you have just paid to get the full Office 2010 suite, why on earth would you use a web version of the thing? Sounds pretty worthless to me. First off, I can't figure out why anyone would install a full client office suite and then go use the web version. The full client app will be faster, have more functionality and WAY more stability due to the simple fact that it never has to deal with internet latency. So basically, WHO CARES.. if the full licensed non-ad supported version comes with the full license of the client version.

    It seems to me a non-issue.
    • Some people care

      "Sounds pretty worthless to me"

      Perhaps the students want to:

      - collaborate on a document
      - have version control for their documents
      - have their documents backed up automatically
      - access their documents from any computer (running any OS)
      - access their documents from their smartphone

      Except for a small percentage of "power" users, I see less of a reason for people (especially students), to use the desktop version. HTML5/Gears even allows web apps to function offline.
  • Ad Supported...

    After all the ongoing security issues that Microsoft keeps
    having on their platforms, be it a Windows flaw, an Internet
    Explorer vulnerability, Microsoft Office vulnerabilities, or
    the just plain common cross-site and web related
    vulnerabilities, I find it amazingly dumb to leverage an
    "Ad-based" version of their applications.

    We've seen over and over again the havoc that
    advertisements have when they're linking to someone's
    banners. Take for example MySpace. One instance had an
    infected ad banner (Flash or an infected image file) that
    was leeching cache and cookie content from people who
    simply saw the ad on their page while logged in. By all
    means, let's introduce even more risk by combining 1)
    Windows, 2) Internet Explorer (as I suspect there will be
    some toe to it where other browsers don't work right with
    the apps), and 3) Office with "advertisements displayed on
    the screen" (that may very well be infected like the
    MySpace fiasco) so ill-willed people can access your
    document data. Sounds really business oriented to me.

    Would I run Office Web Apps? Sure. Ad Supported? Not a
    chance in hell.
  • RE: Office 2010 for students excludes Office Web Apps

    Shame about Outlook. Question is whethe rinstalling Office 2010 will wipe out Outlook 2007?