Nearly 50 million people worldwide are using the Office Web Apps on SkyDrive and Hotmail.
On July 7, Microsoft added a new new feature: You can now co-author in the Word Web App on SkyDrive. (SkyDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage offering for consumers, is one of the distribution vehicles for Office Web Apps.)
"Building on the collaboration features already available in Word 2010 and Word for Mac 2011, co-authoring in the Word Web App on SkyDrive helps you collaborate with others on polished content without having to leave your web browser," announced Office Web Apps Team.
"When you're co-authoring, you always have a real time view into who is making changes and where these changes are occurring. As soon as you begin typing, the corresponding section of the document is locked and others are notified, placing you in control and freeing others from distraction. Contributors can hit "save" at any time to see an updated view of all changes," the OWA team stated.
Microsoft's ultimate goal is to make it so that all of the members of the Office Web Apps suite can handle the same core set of functions (co-author, print, edit, view, etc.), but there's no word how long that might take. It took the company years to get all of its local versions of the various Office suite products to integrate well and look/work similarly.
To get started, -- just sign into SkyDrive and you're ready! You don't need to do anything special - just open your document in the Word Web App, and "we'll tell you if there's anyone working with you. And, as you're working, if anyone comes or goes, we'll let you know about that too," OWA team added.
Wathc the Collaboration feature in action in the video embedded below:
[Source: Microsoft Office Web Apps]