Microsoft Office 2013, formally unveiled on Monday, embraces the cloud more fully than any previous version of the age-old productivity suite. We’ve already examined the desktop versions of the programs at some length, but they aren’t the only apps that picked up new features—Office Web Apps, the browser-based versions of Office’s major components, are also available from Microsoft for customers to preview.
The current versions of the Web Apps are available to users of SkyDrive, Office 365, and SharePoint, where they’re used both as Office document viewers and feature-light document editors. When we last looked at them, we found them to be far and away the best way to view Office documents on the Web without losing any formatting, but they contained such a small subset of the desktop apps’ editing features that in almost all cases you’d have to use them in tandem with the desktop versions of Office rather than as a standalone cloud office suite like Google Drive or Zoho Docs.
The 2013 Web Apps add a few things and remove a few restrictions, but are they enough to replace the desktop apps or alter how you’d use the Web Apps in a production environment?
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