Microsoft is releasing a web based version of Office tools which can be accessed through the web browser. These will be lightweight versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote and these versions will allow users to access their documents via a Web browser on the PC, phone or other devices. Office Web applications are not meant to be a replacement for the client version of Office. With these new applications, people can use a browser to create, edit, and collaborate on Office documents.
Microsoft has mentioned that it will deliver Office Web applications through Office Live. There will be a private tech preview of Office Web applications starting later this year and users interested in participating will be able to sign up for the preview from the Office Live Workspace site.
With the release of Office web, Microsoft is finally giving tough competition to Google Docs, Zoho Office, and ThinkFree Office. Although web version would be released soon, some or many features would be still missing in the web version when compared to desktop edition as its already mentioned that web version will not be replacement for Desktop version. There will also be synchronization between the desktop edition and web editions in the next version of Office suite.
Very cool, depending on the price, it could be a huge boost for MS and their future of online business.
Anyone know the technology that going to used by Microsoft to access office on browsers such silverlight ,flash or Ajax.