Working in the Cloud, as opposite to being anchored on a desktop or glued to a specific device, comes with inherent advantages that users only get to appreciate fully once they notice how their workflow evolves. Seamless collaboration and sharing, as well as everywhere access, are the three main benefits of having components of the Office productivity suite in the Cloud. Office Web Apps brings to the table inherent advantages over using the desktop or mobile flavors of Office 2010
, and the Cloud-based extension of the productivity suite offered through Windows Live SkyDrive is sure to win the hearts and minds of Office users everywhere.
One of the complaints that Iíve heard time and again from users reluctant to embrace the Cloud is related to privacy. Customers are simply finding all of a sudden that they feel uncomfortable with having their content, documents, files, etc. uploaded online, stored in a remote data center, and in the hands of a third-party. But what few of them realize is that they are already, extensively putting their content, documents, files, etc. online.
According to Jason Moore
, principal lead program manager Windows Live SkyDrive, no less than 350 million Office documents are sent in Hotmail messages on a monthly basis. How is this different than Office Web Apps via Windows Live SkyDrive? And the fact of the matter is that, each user uploading an Office document to Hotmail is in fact looking for the three inherent benefits of Office Web Apps, namely collaboration, sharing and access.