Microsoft Office Web Apps: Limited, mediocre, dismal

Web-based editions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote are underwhelming at best

By Neil McAllister, InfoWorld |  Software, Microsoft Office

  • Offers the familiar, professionally polished Office 2010 UI
  • Official support for Firefox, IE, and Safari browsers, but may work in many others
  • Unbeatable browser-based Office 2010 document viewing and printing
  • Online document storage, sharing, and publication via Windows Live SkyDrive
  • Edit many simple documents directly in the browser, including basic formatting
  • Available in ad-supported, hosted, or on-premise editions
  • Editors can't match viewers for document fidelity
  • Many common productivity suite features are incomplete or missing
  • No support for macros, graphs, or advanced workbook features in Excel Web App
  • PowerPoint Web App is more of a slideshow viewer than an editor
  • OneNote Web App offers nothing to compare to the desktop version
  • Support for 64-bit Windows is spotty
  • Exports documents in Office 2007 or later file formats only

 

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