The Cloud extension of the Office 2010 productivity suite is now available to in excess of a third of the world’s population according to Microsoft.

At the start of this week, Office Web Apps were expanded to 15 new markets in addition to the initial 11 where the Cloud variants of the main Office 2010 components had already been offered to customers.

Users with a valid Windows Live ID can start leveraging the new localized flavors of Office Web Apps which can be accessed either as a part of Windows Live SkyDrive or via Windows Live Hotmail.

Customers in China, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and Turkey can now also put their online companions to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote documents in the Cloud. More »

Microsoft released its Office Web Apps but there was a problem about its usage, as initially they were only compatible with Windows platform and with Internet Explorer browser. But you might have observed in your daily life that people have different Platforms to browse on internet.

If Microsoft stuck to a single platform then it might be impossible for the Microsoft to facilitate the users. In this post I will be telling you about the solution which has been opted by Microsoft in order to provide the access of Web Apps to maximums of the users.

Now the Apps are compatible with Safari on Mac, Mozilla Firefox on Windows, Linux and Mac, Internet Explorer on Windows. So, they have increased the platform for the usage of their web Apps, though Microsoft tried to cover many of the browsers but they did not cover Google Chrome (which is one of the emerging browsers these days). More »

Now that Microsoft has made Office 2010 RTM available to the public, it falls on customers to make sure that their products are kept up to date.

But the Redmond company is making it extremely simple for end users and businesses that embraced the latest iteration of the Office productivity suite to find the Service Packs and CU updates for Office products.

Hosted on TechNet, the Update Center for Office makes it simple for customers to find the latest Service Pack, latest Public Update, latest Cumulative Update and general guidance for Office 2010.

At the same time, the online resources (Update Center for Microsoft Office, Office Servers, and Related Products) hosted on TechNet are not limited to Office 2010, but in fact cover all Office releases, as long as they are still supported by Microsoft. More »

The Guide for IT Pros for Microsoft Office Web Apps is now live on the Microsoft Download Center, and as the label implies, the guide is tailored to IT professionals.

Essentially, the resource is focused on one aspect of Office Web Apps, namely the on-premise deployment available to volume licensing customers for introduction on top of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products in their organization.

The latest iteration of the guide is designed to allow IT pros to get familiarized with the final version of Office Web Apps.

Back in April 2010, the software giant made available for download a version of the resource that dealt with Office Web Apps on-premises deployments involving the Beta Build of the solution. More »