Microsoft Word Web app gets collaborative editing

first_imgGoogle Docs had a pretty substantial lead on Microsoft’s Office Web Apps when they were finally unveiled in 2010. Docs has been around since 2007, having been built upon the foundations of Google acquisitions like Writely and the 2Web Technologies code that evolved into Google Spreadsheets.Since then, Docs has matured into a full-featured productivity suite, complete with a web-based document previewer, media player components, and rich sharing options. Another feature Docs offers is collaborative editing, which arrived shortly after Google’s purchase of Etherpad.AdChoices广告Microsoft has, however, steadily been closing the functionality gap. Today, the Inside Windows Live blog announced the arrival of realtime collaboration in the Word Web App. Two components of the Office Web suite — Excel and OneNote — already offered this functionality, and it was one of the Office Web Apps team’s most requested features. They’re understandably relieved to be able to cross it off their to-do list (which was likely created in OneNote).If you’re working on a document at the same time as someone else, Word will notify you  that changes are being made and lock the specific section of the document he or she is modifying. Once the changes are ready for display on your screen, a quick save refreshes the document’s contents. At last, no more emailing co-workers to let them know you’ve made changes to your SkyDrive-stored documents!As cool as the new feature itself might be, it’s just as cool that two ‘Softies made use of it to author the very post announcing it: one wrote while the other inserted screen captures, with SkyDrive and Word taking care of the amalgamation. To see the multi-author magic in action, check out the video below.More at Inside Windows Live and the Office Web Apps bloglast_img read more