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May 25 2011   9:38AM GMT

Microsoft Tacks New Features Onto Office Web Apps

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

I guess I picked the wrong time to decide to spend an entire month using Google Docs. While I am living and working in the Google-verse, Microsoft is rolling out new features that make Office Web Apps better. I miss out on all the fun!

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.

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