Microsoft’s free Office Web Apps include streamlined, online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote Office apps. These apps are usable in a variety of browsers and offer the capability to view or edit Office documents on your devices, anywhere you go.
Word Web App – Tell Me what you want to do
A feature by the name Tell Me what you want to do has been added to simplify the task of finding tools on the ribbon. In my view, this will, to a great extent simplify the learning curve of using Word Office Web App.
The blank field with faint ‘Tell Me’ command display would help users search quickly the tool they are looking for, thereby saving extra efforts in finding them and putting eyes at a strain. Microsoft describes the feature as a sort of virtual assistant for Word, appearing as a search box near the top of the screen.
All the web app user has to do is enter a text or a keyword related to his search and Tell Me would present him with shortcuts to a few possible options. The best part of it is, you do not need to be an expert in the language and enter a precise term for what you’re trying to find.
For instance, searching for “make text larger” shows up a “grow font” option, quite similar to what you are looking for. While looking for “horizontal” instantly displays a landscape orientation button.
Apart from ‘Tell Me’ feature, Microsoft has also fine-tuned the interface in all of its Office Web Apps to make them slightly easier to use. A redesigned header now shows the file name in the middle. At any time, you can change it by just hovering your cursor over there and clicking over the name.
Next, there’s also a “Share” button visible in the upper-right hand corner of your app screen. Hitting the button opens up a share screen that allows you to share the document directly via SkyDrive.
Other added functionalities include support for footnotes and endnotes in the Word Web App and improving rendering support for Shapes, Textboxes and WordArt.
It seems Microsoft is investing more heavily in Office Web Apps, with new features and more marketing as reported earlier by John Case, the Office division’s corporate vice president. For users looking to work with web apps in a distraction-free environment by hiding unwanted settings from direct view, Tell Me appears as the best offering.
Microsoft has confirmed that the Tell Me features would “soon” be rolled out to the PowerPoint and OneNote Web Apps.