Office Web Apps used by more than 20m people

24 Sep 2010

Microsoft has revealed that in the 100 days since Office Web Apps has been launched, more than 20 million people are using the tools to edit, view and share Office documents from anywhere with a web browser and an internet connection.

The company has marked the achievement by releasing new features based on the feedback from 25,000 comments.

The company said it will be making Office Web Apps available in seven more countries – Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Russia and Switzerland.

Office Web Apps are already available in the US, the UK, Canada and Ireland.

The new features include the ability to embed Excel workbook charts and data in a blog or a website, the ability to embed PowerPoint presentations in blogs, to print from Word Web App in Edit mode instead of just View Mode and the ability to insert Clip Art and Themes in PowerPoint Web App presentations.

Speaking with Siliconrepublic recently, Microsoft Ireland managing director Paul Rellis said that Irish firms are leading the charge in terms of using Microsoft apps and that 1,000 apps are being used and tested in Irish businesses.

“We are now No 1 in terms of apps adoption,” he explained.

Rellis said that so far some 10,000 seats of Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) have been bought by Irish-based organisations.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years