Microsoft Office Web Applications = Multiplatform

Interoperability, or in this context Office for the web available to all users on all platforms. Just one of the examples of Software + Services. An article on ComputerWorl clarifies some details in the platform that Office Web Application will support. Just consider the potential of this …

November 13, 2008 (Computerworld) Microsoft Corp. clarified this week that the upcoming Office Web — a lightweight version of its Office suite that runs as an online service — will be available to users running Mac OS X and Linux, as well as from Apple’s iPhone.

In a post to the Microsoft-run Channel 10 blog, someone identified as Sarah Perez spelled out system requirements for Office Web. According to Perez, the online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote will be accessible not only from Microsoft’s own Internet Explorer (IE) and within Windows, but also from Mozilla’s Firefox and Apple’s Safari browsers running on Mac OS X and Linux.

Firefox comes in versions for Mac OS X, Linux and Windows, while Safari has editions for both Mac OS X and Windows. Together, Firefox and Safari accounted for more than 26% of all browsers used during October, Web metrics firm Net Applications reported earlier this month. Microsoft’s own IE, meanwhile, owned 71% of the browser usage share in October. ….

Source: ComputerWorld