Microsoft has officially revealed its Office Web Applications offerings ahead of the announcements at this years Worldwide Partner Conference today.
Company officials have posted several "what's new" videos onto the Microsoft Showcase site. The what's new videos range from Word through to Outlook and some highlight the Web Applications and "Microsoft Mobile 2010". Blogger Long Zheng noticed the videos on Microsoft's site today.
Office Web Applications 2010
In the what's new video for Office Web Applications 2010, Word, Powerpoint and Excel are demonstrated. Microsoft also confirms these work on PC or Mac and in Firefox as can be seen below.
Office Web Applications are part of Microsoft's "software plus services" initiative where the company plans to deliver all its technology in this way. As part of the next release of Office, Microsoft are planning Office Web applications - lightweight versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote - through a browser. Running these new applications will allow individuals to use a browser to create, edit, and share Office documents wherever they are. Microsoft wants to provide a consistent Office experience, regardless of whether users are accessing their Office documents through the PC, phone, or browser.
Microsoft Mobile 2010
In the what's new video for Mobile 2010, Microsoft demonstrates Mobile document viewers. Viewers allow company's to render Office documents server side, allowing "just about" every smart phone on the market to view the documents without needing to download them. This includes iPhones and Blackberry's.