On 23rd Sep there was an important feature update from Office Web apps team that enables us to now embed the already popular Office Web Apps in your own Blog post.
This gives way to very interesting feature set where you can now embed the slides and spreadsheets in your blog itself.

What’s Office Web Apps:
If you don’t know what Office Web Apps is it’s just an online version of the most popular office product MS Office. Where you can actually create and make edits to your office applications without actually having the Software of MS Office in your machine. Off course it has limited feature set available but still very handy if you quickly need to make some last minute changes and all you have is a machine with internet connection then that is just you need to access your slides and make the changes and save them. In more simpler terms if you are already aware of Google Docs this is just what you get from Microsoft. But Microsoft Web Apps is way ahead to be compared with its very rich feature set of Office.
You can now visit http://office.com/webapps to know all the information you need to know about Office web apps.

Steps To Embed a PowerPoint or Excel into your Blog:

All you need to do is use your windows live login id (Hotmail etc.) to signin and then upload your ppt presentations, word documents or excel spreadsheets to your SkyDrive. Then you get an embed URL that you just have to embed in your html.

For ex: I have just placed this 1-2 lines code to embed a powerpoint and an excel webapp in this blog below.

Power Point:

<iframe src="http://r.office.microsoft.com/r/rlidPowerPointEmbed?p1=1&p2=1&p3=SD20F065AFC1ACDB2E!129&p4=" width="402" height="327" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>

<iframe src="http://r.office.microsoft.com/r/rlidExcelEmbed?su=2373508809167264558&Fi=SD20F065AFC1ACDB2E!151&AllowTyping=True&ActiveCell=rngHeight&Item=BMICalculator" width="402" height="346" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>
That’s it you will be surprised to see that your blog will display the PowerPoint slides like a slide show and your excel spreadsheets embedded in your webpage with all the formula’s running which is really a very cool feature. you can try changing the weight and height in the above excel to see that BMI automatically gets calculated and updated in the excel sheet.

You should finally also visit this blog for a video demonstrating these features.


You might also be interested to read about Windows Live Essentials that I blogged couple of months back