Office Web Apps Released in 15 More Countries

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Microsoft is continuing to roll out its Web-based version of its Office productivity suite worldwide, a product that the company hopes will offer strong competition to offerings from Google and Zoho.

Office Web Apps is now available in China, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and Turkey, according to Microsoft. Office Web Apps is now available in 26 countries, Microsoft said.

The company's Web offerings allow people to view, edit and share Office documents using a Web browser and applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

Microsoft said that more than 20 million people used Office Web Apps within the first three months after it became available in June. Office Web Apps is free to people with a Windows Live account. Microsoft also lets Office 2010 volume licensing customers run Office Web Apps locally on their servers.

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