The OS giant has revealed its plans for upcoming future including next year in a blog post for its Microsoft Office Web Apps. According to the blog post, the update will bring “real time co-authoring” in the “next few months” allowing users to see all other working users and their changes related to a particular document where the changes get reflected in real time. PowerPoint Web App already has this function which is bound to become faster in the future. The feature has been borrowed from Google Drive.
In addition to Windows 8 tablets and iPads, Microsoft said that Android tablets will also be able to access its online suite of tools via the mobile Chrome Browser support. Other changes include easier file management, faster launch times and a find a replace feature in the Word Web App. Microsoft hasn’t released any hard and fast schedule for these updates and Android tablet support but we expect it to roll out in the upcoming months.
In relation to Android tablets, Microsoft added, “The Office Web Apps serve as a key connection point between the Office and the expanding array of devices our customers use. We enable you to access Office content and tools from your device of choice through cross browser support on those devices where Office isn’t installed or available. The full power of the Office Web Apps is already available for Windows 8 tablets and iPads and we will be extending the same capabilities to Android tablets via mobile Chrome browser support.”
Microsoft is also working on an Office update codenamed Gemini which is expected to be available in the later part of this year. The update will be specialized for touch-enabled devices and will be inspired from Windows 8 centric versions of Office.
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