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Microsoft delivers new Office Web App features and improvements

Since the launch of Office Web Apps over a year ago, Microsoft has listened to feedback and has delivered new features today. In an official blog post, Microsoft revealed the new features including numerous speed and reliability enhancements.

Microsoft has added support for Ink display in the OneNote Web App. “We’ve heard from our OneNote customers who like to use pen-input devices on Tablet PCs to draw and write notes, and we’ve heard from others who enjoy using the Draw tools in OneNote to add ink and highlighting with the mouse or trackpad when working on PC. You’ve told us that you’d like to be able to view your handwritten notes and drawings in the OneNote Web App. With today’s update, the OneNote Web App now displays ink.”

Microsoft has also made it easier to merge and autofit cells in the Excel Web App. “Many Excel Web App customers have requested enhanced cell formatting in the Excel Web App, including the ability to merge cells, and to automatically fit cell sizes based on the content the cells contain (AutoFit). With today’s update, you can now do both in the Excel Web App.”

Web App users can now print directly from the app in their browser. Users can print their spreadsheets to save time and even store their documents on SkyDrive. “We have also heard from Excel Web App customers that you’d like to be able to be able to use some of the same right-click short-cuts that are in Excel for the desktop. Now, you can right-click on cells in the Excel Web App to Cut, Copy, Paste, and work with HyperLinks,” Microsoft added.

Microsoft has also made various other improvements to make Web Apps faster and more reliable.

Microsoft mentions that more details will be revealed as feedback from customers are being listened to.

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