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Office Web Apps with SharePoint 2010

Office Web Apps is Microsoft Office in the cloud. It can present Word, Excel, PowerPoint and One Note files on many devices. Office Web Apps services include the Word Viewing Service, PowerPoint Service, and Excel Calculation Services that are created and run within the context of SharePoint Services. Supported mobile viewers for Office Web Apps on SharePoint include Internet Explorer on Windows Mobile 5/6/6.1/6.5; Safari 4 on iPhone 3G and 3GS; Blackberry 4.x and later; Nokia S60; Netfront 3.4, 3.5 and later; Opera Mobile 8.65 and later; and Openwave 6.2, 7.0 and later.

Office Web Apps is a new and cool feature in SharePoint 2010, it enables end users to edit their Microsoft Office documents in the browser itself. Now users can work on their documents on the move using their iPhone or iPad. To use this cool functionality you have to install Office Web Apps on Your SharePoint 2010 Server. It is supported by most of the popular browsers like Internet Explorer 7 or later, Safari 4 or later for Macintosh and Firefox 3.5 or later for Windows, Macintosh or Linux and Google Chrome.

Office Web Apps can be installed on SharePoint Foundation 2010, SharePoint Server 2010 Standard Edition, and SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition. Office Web Apps cannot be installed on trial editions of SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint 2010 for internet sites. It is not recommended to install Office Web Apps on a domain controller.

After Installing Office Web Apps features and service applications will be created on SharePoint 2010 Server and Office Web Apps features need to be turned on at the site collection level. If the number of site collections is high, following PowerShell command can be used to activate the Office Web App feature.

Get-SPSite-Limit All -WebApplication |%{Enable-SPFeature OfficeWebApps-url $_.url}

For a detailed document on planning and deploying Office Web Apps, refer to following TechNet articles:
Like most things in the world Office Web Apps is also not free and requires Volume Licensing.

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