Microsoft bringing touch support to Office Web Apps on Windows 8 and iPad

Microsoft bringing touch support to Office Web Apps on Windows 8 and iPad
Microsoft announced that full viewing and editing capabilities will be supported in the Office Web Apps suite for tablets and browsers that support touch, including Internet Explorer on Windows 8 and mobile Safari on iOS. It looks like Microsoft achieves this functionality without having to invent a whole new interface in the process.

In their Office Blog, Microsoft outlines in detail the goals they set to achieve with this development, and the results they plan to deliver. One of the frustrations that can be encountered with an all-touch device can be differentiating between selecting and executing a command. For example, in this new functionality, you can select text in a document and then bring up an action or context menu (like right-clicking with a mouse) by then tapping the selection. You can also select touch mode in some apps like OneNote. In optimizing that however, they did not forget the intuitive gestures to handle the common tasks, like flicking, pinch-to-zoom in or out, drag, and hold. What is also nice is that the support is unified across platforms.

While this is not the same as having a native app available for your iPad, it is certainly a nice development. Given how touch-centric the Windows 8 experience is expected to be, it is a great development to match the experience for their office suite in the online environment too. You can try the new Office Web Apps Preview on SkyDrive or on Office 365 when you get a Windows 8 tablet or right now on an iPad.

source: Microsoft Office Blog



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9 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

To windows 8 and huh?? iPad??

5. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Do not wonder. Microsoft and Apple are old buddies compared to the Google/Microsoft relationsship. Did you notice all the iPads and Macbook Airs (not a single Windows device shown) on Googles Nexus 7 keynote? That is because they would rather ally themselves with Apple than with Microsoft.

7. Henrik

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

Spoken like a true generic fanboy :-) Do you think the explanation is that easy..? If Apple and Google were such buddy buddies, why would Apple throw Google Maps out of Apple's devices, and scrap the YouTube player, and aggressivley bid on the Nortel patents together with Microsoft explicitly >against< Google, and drag Motorola to court, and pretty much any other large Android OEM, and cross-license their patent portfolio with Microsoft (and not Google)? Maybe Google don't want to support Micosoft, but Apple sure don't want to play buddies with Google. There is no mutual alliance, Google is on their own with their stolen technology and intentional lagging of support for their services on competing platforms.

8. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Spoken like... an unbiased and informed person... Holy sh*t, did i really find one here? :o You know, relationsships are not one- but two-sided, if it is lovers or companies. Google may want to ally itself with Apple against Microsoft, but Apple may actually not want it. The relationsship between Apple and Microsoft is an old and relative stable one, we all know Jobs and Gates were actually very close to each other in person. They are pretty close to each other compared to the gap between Microsoft and Google. That is a fact, that gets proof with this, the Nexus 7 keynote and many other examples.

2. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

Is it wrong for me to want to know why MS has so much support for Apple?

3. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Because they are a software company and they sell softwares. They know they are going to make money on iPad.

4. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Why WOULDN'T they? Have you seen iPad sales? You think that Office has become the amazing success finically that it has by being stingy with it? Apple users money spends just as good.

6. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Look at my comment above for explantation.

9. SteveWozzENIAC

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Surface + 50GB free skydrive is what we need MicroSoft ... And please keep the Surface price as low as possible! May Steve Ballmer be sane about the price tag

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