I went to a demo yesterday at Microsoft where I actually got to see Microsoft Office Web Apps live for the first time. Wow! Even better than I’d imagined.
After the demo was over I was real disappointed because I thought that I’d have to wait until Office 2010 get released on May 12 to get a hold of Microsoft Office Web Apps. WRONG.
If you visit this site:
and follow this document:
you can download a beta copy, which is exactly what I’ve done. Here is a brief installation overview.
You need to have SharePoint 2010 installed and operating on a server. Once you have downloaded the file package double click it to run.
It will be expanded.
You will then be asked for the license key (which is found in the documentation link above).
Accept the license agreement.
Choose an installation location.
Wait for package to copy files.
Run the SharePoint config wizard.
Commence the set up.
A few services get restarted.
Office Web Apps gets configured.
All done with install, now for configuration.
Go to System Settings in SharePoint Central Admin and select Manage services on server.
Ensure Excel, PowerPoint and Word Services are running.
Got Application Management then Manage service applications.
Make sure Office Web Apps services are running.
Now go to the Site Settings for your SharePoint site.
Locate Site Collection features under Site Collection Administration.
Activate Office Web Apps.
Find Word doc on your site and click it to open.
Bamm – Word document in a web browser courtesy of Office Web Apps.
I am impressed. More testing to come soon.