Co-authoring Capability Comes to Microsoft Word Web App

Microsoft Corp. is now one stop closer to making what could eventually turn out to be a web based version of the massively popular Microsoft Word application for desktops.

The company revealed on Thursday that users will now be able to co-author any document in the Office Web suit in case those happen to be stored in the Skydrive cloud storage system.

Microsoft also explained that whenever a user is co-authoring any document, he or she will get real time views of all the changes made by the other parties working on the same documents. Whenever someone starts typing on the document, that particular portion of the document is locked, after which the others working on the same document are notified.

Google on the other hand has been providing this feature in its web based Google Docs program from ages now.

But, Microsoft’s latest offering also makes it possible to co-author documents with Word for Mac 2011 and Word 2010 versions.

The Register claims in its report, “The biggest misperception with Office Web Apps is that it's "Office in the cloud". It's not. Office Web Apps does not contain the full features you get with native Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote applications on the PC.”

It further added that the Web Apps are actually suited for “light editing” purposes only, in addition to which, there are also un-matched levels of functionality between each of these apps, and their web versions.