Co-authoring in Office Web Apps

by Jean Tower

Microsoft just announced the release of a co-authoring feature of Office Web Apps. This was a definite hole in their product, one that Google Apps for Education did not have. Some of my colleagues have been on the fence about whether they should implement Google Apps or Office Web Apps (Live @EDU) I wonder if this will nudge anybody toward the Microsoft cloud solution.

from Microsoft:
“We’re always listening to suggestions about how to make Office Web Apps better, and as an Office Web App user, we wanted to make sure you were the first to know about any new improvements. That’s why I’m thrilled to share with you the new co-authoring feature in Word Web App.

Starting today, when you use Word Web App on Skydrive, you can collaborate with anyone, at the same time, no matter what version of Office they have.

Using co–authoring in Word Web App you can:

  • Work with a group on the same document at the same time from different places
  • See who’s editing which parts of the document in real time
  • Make changes in a controlled fashion – your edits aren’t visible to others until you’re ready
  • Work without distraction – the section you’re working on is locked so others can’t jump in with their changes until you’re done”

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