How to collaborate with your peers worldwide with Office Web Apps

Last week Microsoft launched Office Web Apps worldwide. They have become the easiest way to collaborate with your peers and friends since their launch in June last year. This is one of the most crucial offering by Microsoft in Web Tier as it directly competes with one of the largest competitor Google.

Collaborate with Office Web Apps

Office Web Apps are available throughout the world targeting 750 million Hotmail users. It has delivered the promise by adding 18 more countries which are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. In just a span of 9 months, over 190 countries have been covered.

Let me give you an overview of the ease and comfort which you will have, with the Office Web Apps in terms of collaboration. Let me tell you how to save and send your Office Docs as Office Web Apps.

  • Open your Hotmail and click on send new. Click on Office Docs and browse a file you want to send.


  • Here I have chosen word file “Doc2.docx”. After uploading you will find some message like this:


This online doc saved on your SkyDrive “ message means that your Office document has been saved as Office Web Apps.

  • Send the mail and you will see that your doc file has been added to your SkyDrive.

  • The receiver will  get an email  intimating him about the online file has been shared by me with the link to access that file.


One may ask that when I can “simply attach a file and send”, why should I then attach a file as “Office Doc and send”!

The reason is very simple that simply attaching a file will take away an opportunity to make your life easy as you cannot use it to collaborate with others. The beauty of web apps is that you don’t need to edit the file and send it again and again. Simply grant the privileges to your peers, ask them to edit it and save it.

So simple!

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Harsh Mahajan is a Microsoft Student Partner. A technology enthusiast at heart, he has a tremendous passion for emerging technologies & trends like Cloud Computing & Windows Azure. He is associated with the International .Net Association as Brains Unleashed leader.