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Microsoft Office Web Apps coming to Android, real-time collaboration in tow

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Microsoft Office Web Apps coming to Android, real-time collaboration in tow
Microsoft's Office Web Apps were off to a good start, generating quite the revenue for the company's business unit in the last quarterly report. Redmond is pushing them as an alternative to costly Office licenses, and plans to enhance and upgrade quite a bit apparently, as it just published an extensive roadmap of the upcoming changes.

What is of interest right up our alley are the plans to make the web-based office suite to Android, via the default Chrome browser extension. Co-authoring will be enhanced with real-time updating, so you don't take turns waiting for each collaborator's input on a pressing matter. The Office Web Apps updates will be rolling out gradually during the next year or so, and you can have a preview on some of the changes in Microsoft's video below.

source: Microsoft

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posted on 08 May 2013, 05:24 2

1. boosook (Posts: 1094; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Thanks, but LibreOffice for Android is coming! And it's native, not in a browser.

posted on 08 May 2013, 13:16

6. TheMan (Posts: 424; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


On the desktop LibreOffice is "okay" but it still feels like a compromise. I wouldn't expect much different on my S4.

I'd be willing to pay MS for a usable Office product (note the qualifier).

posted on 08 May 2013, 06:25 2

2. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Yeaaaaahhhhh, I'll stick with Drive. Might not be quite as robust as full Office, but I haven't encountered a document I can't make yet with it.

posted on 08 May 2013, 11:39 1

5. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 314; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Not to mention, Drive is free. Any version of Office will probably end up being leechware.

posted on 08 May 2013, 06:26

3. xprimer (Posts: 43; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


hey men! Are dumb? Its a web app. . .

posted on 08 May 2013, 06:38 2

4. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I won't say anything in regards to my own intelligence, but at least I speak proper English AND I made a point with my comment.

the fact that this is a web app is why I'll stick with Drive. Had Microsoft opted to publish a full app for Android I would perhaps reconsider. However, the browser is probably the single biggest battery and performance vampire on Android, and the concept of having to run document creation and editing through it ends up sounding really, really stupid when you can instead use Drive, which doesn't use nearly as much processing power or battery to run on Android.

Also, if this web app is free, it means it'll likely only be about as robust as Drive, so why should I make that switch?

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