Microsoft opens Office 14 Kimono; will features Office Web Applications

Microsoft has yet to say much about the “Office 14” Kimono, but the company is starting to let a few details fly, the latest involves; Chris Capossela, who noted that with this release, Microsoft would be lending particular focus to collaboration, new developer scenarios, and evolving Office's role in Microsoft's "software plus services" strategy via new Web applications and […]

Microsoft has yet to say much about the “Office 14” Kimono, but the company is starting to let a few details fly, the latest involves; Chris Capossela, who noted that with this release, Microsoft would be lending particular focus to collaboration, new developer scenarios, and evolving Office's role in Microsoft's "software plus services" strategy via new Web applications and improved mobile access.

Office Web Applications, lightweight browser-based versions of the full client versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote that will include the ability to edit, view, and collaborate on documents, will be a key new element of Office 14. According to Capossela, one important feature of Office Web Applications will be that files created in Office or Office Web Applications will maintain full fidelity as they are passed back and forth between the Web and client versions of Office. "Unlike Google and Zoho, we won't crush stuff the Word user created in the first place," Capossela said.

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