The SkyDrive team has taken a step to make it easier to share documents composed using Office Web Apps. Previously, the workflow to share a document would be something along the lines of Create > Compose > Save > Select > Share. Now, using the new Office Web Apps Preview, you can Create > Compose > Save > then Share! This is because sharing has been integrated into the Office Web Apps interface.
I wanted to test drive the new feature so I accessed SkyDrive and created a new Word document, naming it “Prueba” (Test), and finally, added some lorem ipsem text of my own.
Immediately I noticed the consistent look and feel with Microsoft Word 2013 Preview.
By clicking “Compartir” (Share) found under the “Archivo” (File) tab, you are presented with the Sharing page. On the Sharing page, in a step that I believe to be redundant, click “Compartir con otras personas” (Share with other people, or simply Share) and you will be presented with the sharing options dialog. I say that the second click is redundant because the sharing tab has already been selected, why not simply present the sharing options on this page.
The sharing options dialog allows you to select how you would like to share your document. The first tab, selected by default, is via email. Then there is publishing via social networks and finally obtaining a hyperlink to the document for use with other methods of distribution of your choice.
I decided to send a tweet, but as you can see, I could have selected any or all of the social networks to which my account is connected.
Finally, there is a friendly progress message indicating that your document is being published.
This same ease of sharing is also integrated into Microsoft Office 2013 Preview and makes for an elegant workflow from document creation to sharing/publishing.
This is how the current “Sharing” tab in Microsoft Word 2013 Preview looks. You will also appreciate the other rich options such as blog publishing and sending the document as a PDF via email or an internet fax.
Again, sharing from within the application is a two-step process. First you must save the document to the cloud (Guardar a la Nube), then you are presented with the screen below with options for sharing/publishing. By selecting “Compartir en redes sociales” (Share in Social Networks), you will see the same options as in the small dialog from above, plus some additional ones.
In the end, as our computing devices continue to become appliances and we are continuously “guided” in the direction of the cloud, it may be a good idea to begin familiarizing oneself with the concept of cloud computing. Someday soon, saving to the desktop and attaching may be the digital equivalent of snail mail.