On the eve of launching the Office 2013 Preview, Microsoft has stayed true to its Office lineup and provided a preview of the Office Web Apps. The Web Apps are small, web-versions of Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Excel, that allow users to quickly edit and create files on the fly.
You can try the new Office Web Apps right now. Click on this link to get access to the preview via SkyDrive.
In a rather lengthy web post, Microsoft elaborates on the on the new design considerations for the Web Apps:
We’ve improved performance significantly. The UI has been updated to have a more modern, cleaner look, with less distraction from your document’s content. There are even animations that make transitions feel smooth and fluid
Below are screenshots of the new Web Apps Preview…
The new features include:
- Word count in the Word Web App – Yes, finally…
- Find in OneNote – There is a now a find textbox that makes it easy to search for a word .
- Displaying videos in PowerPoint – Slideshows now will show videos and movies
- Context menus throughout the applications – Right click is now supported
- Better copy/paste, improved undo, and the ability to print in Excel.
The company claims that the new Office Web Apps have been redesigned with performance and the cloud in mind. The apps have undergone significant overhaul in the UI, making them much more powerful and useful then before.
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REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft just announced it has released Office 365 for Education. The award-winning Office suite, which includes SharePoint and Lync, will now be available to all education levels, including students. What’s the catch? All students, teacher, and faculty will get their hands on Office 365 for Education, allowing them to be more productive than ever thanks to the power of the cloud.
“Office 365 is a hit with big and small companies alike,” said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president of the Microsoft Office Division. “I’m delighted to welcome Lowe’s, Burger King, Japan Airlines and others that have chosen Office 365.”
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The announcement comes just days after several prestigious colleges and universities around the country started adopting Office 365 as their go-to solution. The new solution, dubbed Office 365 for Education, will be available to all education fields in the form of free versions and paid versions. The free flavor of Office includes Exchange Online, Lync Online, SharePoint Online and Office Web Apps. Paid versions will deliver greater storage capacity and specific perks. Office 365 for Education will be replacing Live@edu.
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“Getting the world’s best technology in the hands of our students and teachers is critical to improving educational outcomes and making sure students are prepared for college and career,” said Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Education for Microsoft. “With schools’ ever-tightening budgets, Office 365 for education enables them to deliver new and innovative technology in the cloud that will modernize teaching and learning practices, at no cost.”
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