Microsoft Office Web Apps Preview

23 September 2009

I have written before on the variety of on-line applications for building presentations.  Now Microsoft is letting us look at a preview of their new Office Web Apps. Two modules are available at the moment: Excel and PowerPoint. To join the preview program, follow this link for detailed instructions:  How to join the Microsoft Office Web Apps technical preview.

A few things to note:

  • You must have a Windows Live SkyDrive account (free) in order to participate (Sky Drive is a Microsoft site for storing documents and files on-line, offering 25GB of free storage)
  • You must upload at least one Office document to the public folder
  • You must switch the language to English

The rest seems pretty automatic.

I followed the procedure, but was not very lucky as I started to build my first presentation.  I got source code appearing on the slides, just by entering  some simple text!

This is the result (click on the screenshot to enlarge):

errors in office web apps powerpoint testing

Hopefully the problems will be fixed and I will be able to do further testing.

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