Microsoft Office Web Apps team today made some announcements regarding the online service. First, they are improving the overall Office Web Apps experience by increasing performance, etc,. Second, they are adding support for Android tablets, with which you can edit documents from your Chrome browse. Third, they are added real-time co-authoring just like what Google Docs currently works.
Online user experience
We tend to see consistent customer feedback around the next must have features people consider essential to their Office experience. We’ve prioritized features that make it easier to work via the Web, including things as simple as adding find and replace in Word Web App to improving the general experience by speeding up launch times and making file management simpler. While we’ll continue to deliver a great Office experience on the desktop, Office Web Apps provide yet another option for Office customers to be more productive. With these changes, you’ll get uncompromised productivity anytime and anywhere you choose to work.
Edit from Android tablets
The Office Web Apps also serve as a key connection point between Office and the expanding array of devices our customers use. We enable you to access Office content and tools from your device of choice through cross browser support on those devices where Office isn’t installed or available. The full power of the Office Web Apps is already available for Windows 8 tablets and iPads and we will be extending the same capabilities to Android tablets via mobile Chrome browser support.
From same-time to real-time co-authoring
Today, we have co-authoring capabilities across Office Web Apps and the Office desktop applications that allow multiple editors to work in a single document at the same time. Collaboration is highly flexible, allowing you to work together at the same time when everyone is online or even when working offline all while preserving the rich formatting and design of your document and ensuring users don’t edit on top of each other.
Since first introducing co-authoring in the Office Web Apps, we’ve seen an increasing demand for more fluid and dynamic collaboration capabilities when working online. We’ll introduce real time co-authoring in the Office Web Apps so that all file authors will automatically see presence and edits from others as they happen without needing to refresh. This is a subtle change, but a great enhancement to enable even richer collaboration.
Source: Office Blog