SkyDrive support for new Office Web Apps

Microsoft has updated its Office Web Apps and rolled it out across SkyDrive and Outlook.com, after a successful trial involving more than 750,000 people.

It means users will be able to edit and format Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote documents stored in Microsoft’s SkyDrive Cloud service from their mobile device.

It won’t quite offer the full desktop experience, but Microsoft’s update ensures its Office Web Apps are now compatible with the latest Internet Explorer 10, Windows 8 and Apple’s iOS 6 platforms.

The Office Web Apps update has also been optimised for touch-screen interfaces - not too surprising considering the touch-centric Windows 8 operating system is due to arrive on 26 October. It will ensure it's now even easier for users to edit documents on their tablets and touch screen smartphones. 

Other features include the ability to print Excel documents direct from a browser, new page layout tools for Word, audio and video playback support for PowerPoint Web Apps and a more refined search engine for OneNote. 

Current SkyDrive users will be able to experience the update the next time they sign in.