The changes are not Earth-shattering, but as I am learning while immersed in Google Docs–it is often the little things that count. In the PowerPoint Web App, Microsoft now lets you change the design theme of the presentation from within the Web app.
The Excel Web App is even better. The Microsoft Office Web Apps blog explains, “You can now insert, delete or rename sheets in a workbook within the Excel Web Apps, and use familiar tools like AutoSum and formula assistance to crunch data more efficiently.”
See, the little things add up. I am sure that inserting, deleting, and renaming worksheets is nice, but I excited about AutoSum. I am not an Excel guru, or even power-user, but I make frequent use of the AutoSum feature in Excel and I have missed it when using the Excel Web App.
I like Office Web Apps, but really I am looking forward to Office 365. Still, I will definitely check out the new Office Web Apps features next week after my 30 days with Google Docs is over.]]>
I realize that many swear by Google Apps, but I prefer Microsoft Office. It is what I am used to. It is what I am comfortable with. It is the ‘standard’ that the world recognizes and runs on. Don’t believe me? Try making a Google Docs or OpenOffice that is completely separate from and incompatible with Microsoft Office and see how well it does.
Still, there is something to be said for the universal access of a cloud-based solution like Google Apps, and most small and medium businesses don’t have the budget or IT personnel required to implement a complete Microsoft communications and productivity suite. Until now.
Office 365 provides small business customers (up to 50 users) with Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online, as well as access to the suite of Office Web apps for only $6 per user per month. Check out the Office 365 beta and see if the service is right for your communications and productivity needs.]]>