Accompanying Office 2010 Beta is Office Web Apps, a light version of Office run on the web. In order to activate and start using it, Office 2010 Beta must be installed beforehand.
Unlike Google Docs, Office Web Apps doesn’t have specific URL dedicated for it at the moment. It use Live Skydrive as the storage of the documents , and launch Office Web Apps to handle the document upon requested by you. The interface view is very simple as you can see on the screen shot above.
Office Web Apps is capable of doing simple editing Office application such as Word and Excel. In my testing however, document editing is currently not available, meaning that you can only view the document that you upload. It’s quite disappointing , but since it still on Technical Preview stage, do not put much expectation to get it fully works.
Via Office Web Apps help page, here is how to activate Office Web Apps.
How to begin using your Office Web Apps in Windows Live
Follow these instructions to successfully begin using your Office Web Apps.
- Open an existing document or create a new one in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint 2010 on your PC.
- Click File to open Backstage, a full-window file menu that gives you easy access to functions such as saving, printing, and sharing.
- Click Share and then Save to SkyDrive (The free online storage service from Windows Live).
- In Backstage, click Sign in. You will be prompted to enter your Windows Live ID, or create a Windows Live account. If you use Hotmail, Messenger, or Xbox Live, you already have a Windows Live ID.
- Select from the list of SkyDrive folders that is displayed and then click Save As.
- In the dialog box that appears, type a file name and then click Save. Click File, and then click Close.
- Visit http://skydrive.live.com. If prompted, enter your Windows live ID and password and click Sign in.
- Select the folder where you saved your document. Click the file and then select View.