Microsoft Chasing Google Drive, Adds Real-Time Co-Authoring To Office Web Apps
Further, some of the Office Web Apps received individual updates. The Word app has improved formatting, find and replace, more styles and formatting for tables, and the ability to insert headers and footers. In the Excel app, you can now drag and drop cells, reorder sheets, data range analysis, and more support for workbooks. There’s also new picture cropping functionality as well as the ability to change file names within the app’s editing window.
Microsoft’s Office Web Apps are among the best consumer- and business-oriented products the company has developed because they’re free and let users create, edit, and view Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote files via a web browser. Updates happen automatically, unseen from users, because everything is wrapped up in the cloud.
It’s brilliant, and Google thought of it (and implemented it) first with Google Docs. Despite its desktop dominance, Microsoft has clearly seen the writing on the wall when it comes to cloud-based productivity, and the company is doing good work in that space with this and it’s more tricked-out offerings via Office 365. Market competition is a good thing.