Microsoft updates Office Web Apps

Microsoft has rolled out updates to its Office suite of web applications based on user feedback.

Microsoft has rolled out updates to its Office suite of web applications based on user feedback.

Office Web Apps were launched in 2010 as free, web-based versions of Microsoft's Word, Excel, OneNote and Powerpoint desktop applications.

OneNote web app now displays ink for customers using tablet devices and draw tools for handwritten notes. The Excel web app had a series of updates, including right-click shortcut menus, merging and autofitting of cells based on content and the ability to print documents stored in Microsoft's cloud-based storage service, Skydrive, directly from the app.

Jenni French, senior product manager at Office Web Apps, said the updates were based on user feedback asking for additional features: "One of the most important things you've requested from us is to make the Web Apps faster and more reliable.

"Today's update includes a lot of behind-the-scenes improvements that do just that."

Google Apps for Business rivals Microsoft's web-based Office applications, with more than four million businesses running Google Apps.

Google recently outlined changes to its App Engine to improve support and service level agreements (SLAs) for business users.


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