60 Second Briefing – What are Office 365 Web Apps?

Office 365 Web Apps
Before Office 365 was created, the only way to edit a document was to load it up in Word, Excel or PowerPoint on your PC. If you were away from your desk or at a PC without Office installed, you were stuck. Apps that are available are:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Outlook
  • OneNote
  • Publisher
  • Skype
  • Access
With Office Web Apps, you can go to a document in your web browser that is stored on OneDrive. When you click on it, you can select ‘Open in Word Online’ (or Excel Online, etc). The document will be opened by your web browser, and you can make edits there and then.  

Office 365 web apps  

  This means that you can make edits to documents whenever you want – on your phone (fiddly, but it does work!), iPad, partner’s laptop. You can open a PowerPoint presentation on your client’s PC, or do some work on the train without having to use memory sticks. A great feature is that, if somebody else opens the document at the same time, the Web App will show you what part of the document they are working on, but let you carry on editing the rest of it!