Office Web Apps in the wild: Screenshots galore!

Office Web Apps in the wild: Screenshots galore!

Summary: More screenshots than a Windows release-candidate! An in-depth look at Office Web Apps in all of its paid-for goodness.


I spoke to my colleague Mary Jo Foley the other day to discuss Office Web Apps, a recurring theme on this blog, and to shed some light on the non-free version that Microsoft is offering.

As students will be able to use SkyDrive to edit documents, slides and spreadsheets, universities no doubt in time will offer backend systems to provide a more stable, sharable format for students to use.

Long story short, it's been a bit of a pain but I have prevailed with graphical goodness to share amongst you lovely readers. I split my hard drive into two partitions and dual booted Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64), installed SharePoint Server 2010 (which is essential for Office Web Apps to work) and then the actual install. All in all, it took about three hours from initial install to ready-to-go. Not bad for a full turn around.

Lots more to read: (Foley) Microsoft to add SharePoint access to Live@edu (Foley) Office Web Apps access comes to mobile devices (Foley) Office Web Apps: Ten things to know (Whittaker) Students vs. Google Apps vs. Office Web Apps (Whittaker) Office 2010: new logo, Outlook, and user interface

So, on with the screenshots. There are four galleries, so click on a link or an image below. Feel free to leave comments as you normally do; the more feedback, the better.

Office Web Apps - screenshot gallery

Word Web App - screenshot gallery

PowerPoint Web App - screenshot gallery

OneNote Web App - screenshot gallery

Leave a comment, you lovely people.

Topics: Software, Cloud, Collaboration, Microsoft

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  • Paid for.....

    Paying for this stuff makes me unhappy, as there are some pretty good free alternatives.

    And why, for the love of God, does bloody Skydrive have a file size limit of 50 MB? Or is that only so in the free account?
    • Google is going to put this out

      Google is going to get rid of this silly
      MS Office the size of a Operating System.
      • the hell to google

        they are not going anywhere
      • LOL ... keep dreaming... it's just another to choose fromnt

      • Google Docs is terrible...

        Zoho wipes the floor with Google and it appears that Microsoft's offering is superior to both. Sure students may be able to get by with any of the three and choose the cheapest option, but most people know to go to Microsoft when they want an Office suite. That's not going to change.
    • 50Mb? Not sure what you have/smoking my account (yes FREE!) is 25 Gig...nt

      • He was talking about file size limit

        not capacity. you are not going to be able to dump an ISO on skydrive
        • Which makes perfect sense

          Because Microsoft doesn't intend you to back up your entire computer on SkyDrive. Pictures, Documents, sure. Music, video, ISOs? Nah.

          Beggars can't be choosers, folks. If you want it free, play by their rules, and for everyone's sake, keep your bitching to yourself.

          • Mutliple services . .

            But then that would require me to keep some files
            on one service, some files on a second service,
            some files on a third service...

            I don't want to keep SOME data in the cloud, I
            want to keep ALL data in the cloud so that I can
            access it from anywhere.
  • 25GB?

    It's 25GB.
    • Total storage, not individual file size

      Maximal total storage size is 25 GB, which is generous.

      But each *individual file* which you upload, can't exceed 50 MB. Which renders the generosity of the 25 GB total storage into something rather mean, and makes the whole unspeakable Skydrive rather useless to me...

      • Why are you trying

        to upload a file greater than 50MB?
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
        • Because it makes backupping easy

          Simply make one big tar.gz or .zip of all the pictures or mp3's that you want to backup, and upload the bugger. :-)

          Dropbox and Ubuntu One don't have a size limit for individual files. They, however, have a total storage limit for their free accounts, which is much lower than Skydrive.... :(
          • The 50MB file size does limit Skydrives usefulness...

            but unless you're trying to store whole movies, it's an exercise in how good you are at keeping your files straight. That, and because of its sharing features, MS probably doesn't want to become party to file sharing issues. That would be ironic...
          • Good point

            But wouldn't uploading such large files be better limited to offline storage, such as an external USB hard drive?

            To me, that saves bandwidth and time.
            The one and only, Cylon Centurion
          • User profile

            Yes, well.... It depends on what you want to do with the cloud.... And on the quality and bandwidth of your internet connection. Mine's pretty good, luckily. :-)

            I mainly use the cloud for storing pictures and music that are valuable to me. Stuff that I wouldn't want to lose because of fire or burglary. External storage such as USB hard disks, don't provide that kind of protection.

            On the other hand, those same pictures and music don't create a risk of identity theft or such, something which you do risk when placing sensitive documents in the cloud.

            I don't trust the cloud with some of my documents.... But for storing irreplaceable family pictures and such, it's ideal. Preferably by dumping regularly a big tar.gz (or .zip) file there. :-)
      • Most of Microsoft's stuff is half-assed.

        Like Skydrive, and, of course, Windows.
  • Ummmm... What???

    "...I don't trust the cloud with some of my documents.... But for storing irreplaceable family pictures and such, it's ideal."

    Hmmmm... IRREPLACEABLE family pictures and such, apparently is not something of concern. Some (presumably) re-creatable documents? Naw, don't trust the cloud.

    SAY WHAT????
    • Duh....


      They are extra backups.

      Not the only copies.

      Now that wasn't so hard to understand, was it? You might almost have thought of it yourself. Without putting too much strain on your brain cell (singular).