Microsoft add more features to Office Web Apps

On Tuesday, Microsoft outlined some of its plans for future Office Web Apps, adding features like real-time co-authoring of documents and the ability to run in Android tablets via mobile Chrome browser support.

In a post on the Office blog, Microsoft says that one of the biggest new features in the works is real time co-authoring of documents. At the moment, two or more people can collaborate on documents in Office Web Apps at the same time but changes to those documents can only been seen when the apps are refreshed.

Microsoft wants to provide "an uncompromised Office Web Apps experience" and bring the power of Office to the broadest set of users, Michael Atalla, director of Office 365 product management, said in an interview.

Microsoft also will add support for Office Web Apps on Android tablets, via the mobile Chrome browser, in the near future, joining its support of Windows 8 tablets and iPads. The planned enhancements, scheduled for release at some point in the next 12 months.