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Microsoft unveils updated version of Office Web Apps for SkyDrive and

Microsoft has unveiled an updated version of Office Web Apps for SkyDrive and

The Web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote all got a boost and will work with the final version of Internet Explorer 10, Windows 8, and iOS 6, Microsoft said in a blog post.

The upgrade addressed top customer requests and issues, which Microsoft has been collecting since releasing a preview version of this latest release to about 750,000 testers. Office Web Apps include the most common Office tools, allowing users to access their documents from any browser. The newest release adds editing and formatting controls, consistent collaboration, and expanded device support, including touch-friendly editing on tablets.

"Across the apps, there's also a clean new look and feel, informed by the design language you're seeing from across Microsoft," Microsoft said.

The Word Web App adds support for viewing and adding comments, and the ability to format and design documents directly from any browser, with familiar desktop Word features, including new page layout tools, photo tools, and word count.

Working on spreadsheets is just as easy with the Excel Web App, which now provides access to features like merge cells, context menus, auto-fit columns, formula assistance, fill handle, and AutoSum. Additionally, 3D charts and in-browser printing are now available on the Web.

If you are far from your personal computer, you can still access PowerPoint presentations from the Web app, complete with high-resolution slides, full transitions, and viewable comments. Microsoft added audio and video playback, even on a phone or tablet.

Finally, the OneNote Web App update brings a search option, support for ink viewing, and click-to-type, along with the option to share notes as a URL, viewable on a phone, PC, or tablet browser