Being a Microsoft Partner and now an MVP it becomes very hard to discern what I can blog/talk about without violating my NDAs. So when I see something being publically available that I think is very cool and was first presented to me via NDA I get excited to be able to tell everyone. This is the case with the new Office Web Apps! I received an email on Monday from Microsoft talking about the new Web Apps being available via an Office 365 Service Update. To save myself from deciding what is public and what is NDA I decided to copy the email content below for you to read. The good news is the new features in Office Web Apps, the bad news is that IE 7, as previously reported, support has ended for Office 365. Really the issue with IE 7 has to do with new functionality and this update to Office Web Apps is the first thing that users of Office 365 with not be able to take advantage of.



Office Web Apps update improves editing, collaboration and device support; IE7 support ends

We will soon deliver a service update of new features to SharePoint Online. Organizations on Office 365 will receive this update seamlessly. However, individual users who are still running Internet Explorer 7 may have a diminished user experience after the update.

New features in Office Web Apps
Using web-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote you can view, edit, and work together on Office documents from nearly anywhere. And with the latest update, you’ll get more editing and formatting controls, co-authoring support across the web apps and expanded device support, including editing from tablets. Learn about the new features.

What to expect during the service update
There are three things you may encounter during the planned maintenance period between 07 November 2012 and 14 November 2012. We will send another email 24-48 hours before the period begins as a reminder.

  1. There may be moments when administrative functions (such as granting permissions or creating new document libraries) will be temporarily disabled. These should be brief, but could last up to 30 minutes.
  2. New documents that are added to SharePoint between 07 November 2012 and 14 November 2012 won’t be indexed for searching during the maintenance period. Indexing will resume on 14 November 2012, and documents that were added during the maintenance period will be indexed at that time.
  3. SharePoint content will be read-only for up to 30 minutes. This will only happen once.

End of support for Internet Explorer 7
Internet Explorer 7 is not compatible with the updates to Office Web Apps. For the best user experience, Office 365 users should use a modern web browser.

Our system reports indicate that you have 5 people in your organization who connected to Office 365 with Internet Explorer 7 between 15 June 2012 and 15 July 2012. We urge you to upgrade these users to a current version of Internet Explorer immediately to preserve the user experience. Instruct these users to run Windows Update to upgrade their browser.

See the Admin Task Wiki for information about support for Internet Explorer 7.

Questions about this service update? Visit the Service Update Wiki for all the answers.

The Microsoft Office 365 Team