Microsoft Launches Office Web Apps in the UK

Microsoft has made its Office Web Applications (OWA) available to UK users.

The company has added the OWA platform to users' SkyDrive web service accounts, allowing them to access the applications from their systems.

The OWA suite is compatible with Office 2010, enabling users to take advantage of the productivity suite in conjunction with online, cloud-based services. Users can view, share and edit their Office files through OWA online.

The application suite is currently available in selected countries, including Ireland, US and Canada. Further international roll-out is expected later in the year.

According to a survey conducted by tech news web site V3, Microsoft may see its Office Web Applications flop. With strong competition from the already-established Google Apps and Open Office, only 12 per cent of respondents in teh survey said they wished to change to OWA.

The platform will be compatible with Windows and Macintosh operating systems, as well as with smartphone versions of Office 2010.

Microsoft also said that OWA could be accessed via Internet Explorer, Safari and Firefox browsers.