Office Web Apps now available in over 150 new countries

By Tom Warren, on 4th Feb 11 3:57 pm with Comments Off

Microsoft’s Office Web Apps are now available in over 150 new locations worldwide.

Microsoft revealed earlier this week that locations such as India, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, and Thailand can all use Office Web Apps. The software maker now has 30 million people who are using the Web Apps and looks set to expand on that number thanks to new markets.

Microsoft’s Office Web Apps allow users to store, edit and share Office documents online. Microsoft first introduced Office Web Apps alongside Office 2010 on June 7, 2010. Facebook’s new messaging platform integrates the Office Web Apps to enable Facebook users to view Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. Since its introduction Office Web Apps has been slowly rolled out to various markets worldwide:

  • June 7, 2010: The Office Web Apps launched in the U.S., Canada, UK, and Ireland.
  • September 23, 2010: added Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Russia, and Switzerland.
  • December 6, 2010: added China, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong SAR, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and Turkey.
  • February 3, 2011: added more than 150 additional countries released (including India, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, and Thailand).
  • March, 2011: The Office Web Apps will become available worldwide with roll-out to all remaining markets in Central and South America, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.

Microsoft’s roll-out follows additional languages for its docs.com site. The software giant updated docs.com on January 15 to include support for around 30 languages including: Polish, Chinese, German, Hebrew, and more. Built on Office 2010, the Docs app allows Facebook users to create and share Microsoft Office documents with their friends. The product is a result of Ray Ozzies’ Fuse Labs and part of Microsoft’s broad social networking cloud strategy. Fuse labs was created in October 2009 to focus on software and services that are centred on social connectivity, real-time experiences and rich media.

Microsoft is promising that Office Web Apps will reach the entire world next month. Microsoft plans to roll-out to all remaining markets in Cental and South America, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. “We are very pleased with how quickly we’ve been able to accomplish this goal,” said Jevon Fark from Microsoft’s Office Team.