New Features for Office Web Apps were released yesterday, by the Windows Live Team, which also made Office Web Apps available in seven more countries, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Russia, and Switzerland.
Three months after the launch of Office Web Apps, over 20 million people in the United States, the UK, Canada and Ireland have used them, along with Hotmail, SkyDrive and Office 2010, of course, and the newly-released features are directly inspired by users' feedback.
The concept behind the Office Web Apps is to bring the Office applications to the Inbox case, so that everyone could communicate easily and without destroying or formatting all the other existing documents, said Jason Moore, Principal Lead Program Manager for Windows Live SkyDrive, in a blog
Faster access to Office apps is now possible and quite easy: you will see “Open in [Office app]” while browsing your files, and you only have to choose the app you want.
Most of the documents on SkyDrive – 90% - were first created on the desktop, and this application allows you to bring back a document to your desktop, whenever you want to edit it.