Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing & Operations
The Office team recently shared plans for some of the upcoming investments Microsoft is making to deliver a great Office experience on the Web, including broad cross-platform device support.
When Microsoft launched Office Web Apps in 2010, the apps were companions to the Office desktop experience that enabled lightweight, on-the-go content creation and review. Since then, browser technologies and speeds have advanced and development infrastructure has matured, making the Web a better productivity platform.
Office Web Apps are a key connection point between Office and the expanding array of devices our customers use. The full power of Office Web Apps is already available for Windows 8 tablets and iPads and we will be extending the same capabilities to Android tablets via mobile Chrome browser support.
Another planned enhancement is real time co-authoring in the Office Web Apps, meaning that all file authors will automatically see edits from others as they happen without needing to refresh. You can get a glimpse of this feature today in the PowerPoint Web App, where users can now see each other's changes almost immediately, but in the next few months PowerPoint Web App co-authoring will get even faster and the feature will be added in the other Office Web Apps.
For more on Office Web Apps’ cross-platform support, as well as planned improvements to overall user experience and collaboration features, please see the Office 365 blog.