Chapter 6: Office 2010 and Office Web Applications

In This Chapter

Integrating SharePoint and Office 2010 client applications

Using Office Web Applications (what’s different and what isn’t)

This chapter covers the integration points between the major Office 2010 client applications and SharePoint. It also discusses Office Web Applications — which you can use to view and edit Office documents through your browser — a capability that complements the client applications and gives you a much broader reach toward your information assets.

Office 2010 Integration

The integration between SharePoint and Office applications is the best we’ve seen so far; Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 get along like old pals. Earlier releases never followed the “big bang” approach to spraying users with new features every time out — it’s more like each SharePoint feature slowly crept into a place where end users just might stumble upon it one day. But Office 2010 puts a lot more SharePoint 2010 power into the hands of the end user — offering much wider, and deeper, integration points:

Wider in the sense that more Microsoft Office products have integration points (a brand new product called SharePoint Workspace helps make this happen — more about Workspace later in this chapter).

Deeper in the sense that (unlike earlier SharePoint versions that used lists and libraries as their main integration points), SharePoint 2010 lets you use service applications to reach into the bowels of your Enterprise data ...

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