Yay! Microsoft updated Office Web Apps today adding new capabilities to Excel Web App (adding or deleting sheets, familiar tools like AutoSum and formula assistance) and PowerPoint Web App (which can now change the design theme of a presentation and choose from over 45 professionally designed themes, with new ones added regularly). Here’s the word from the Office Web Apps blog:

More power in the Excel Web App

Excel gurus rejoice—you can now insert, delete or rename sheets in a workbook within the Excel Web Apps, and use familiar tools like AutoSum and formula assistance to crunch data more efficiently.  Formula assistance in particular is a great addition to the Excel Web App since it gives you online access to frequently-used Excel formulas.

Insert, delete or rename sheets in the Excel Web App:

AutoSum in action:

Formula assistance in action:

More options in the PowerPoint Web App

You can now change the design theme of your PowerPoint presentation within the PowerPoint Web App.

Selecting themes in the PowerPoint Web App:

Just click the Change Theme button at any time to choose from over 45 professionally designed themes (with new ones added regularly) to apply to your presentation.

Examples of themes:

  

Optimized for IE9

You can use the Office Web Apps in most modern Web browsers.  As part of today’s service update, the Office Web Apps run even better in IE9. This also means you can pin Windows Live SkyDrive to your Windows 7 taskbar and enjoy one-click access to your Office docs on the Web.

Give these new features a try and let us know what you think—we’re all ears!

Andrew Howard
Office Communications Team