Crabby about Collaboration


I don’t mean to sound crabby when it comes to marketing, but when stuff comes out that implies wrong things it annoys me.


Obviously a lot as I’m blogging about it during lunch.  So in yesterday’s announcement regarding SBS 2011 Standard the pdf download said ”

Online Collaboration

Get things done from virtually wherever and whenever. With Office Web Apps (included in SharePoint Foundation 2010), users can view, create, and edit documents anyplace with an Internet connection.

 

 


Which implies that shipped with SBS 2011 Standard already inside SharePoint Foundation 2010 is a license to Office Web Apps.  It’s not there.  You can install Office Web Apps inside SharePoint Foundation 2010 ..which is included in SBS 2011 standard as you have the necessary buidling blocks, but the download code you need to install is not there.  You are only licensed for it if you purchase Office 2010 via volume licensing.  Furthermore people that use Office Web Apps are only legal to use it if they have an Office Professional VL license on the PC they are using.


Even in the TS2 blog they said:  “I’d like to point out that one of the key new features in the SBS 2011 Standard Edition is the update to SharePoint 2010 Foundation which brings Office Web Apps (OWA) into the picture.  ” which at least is more vague so as to not imply that you just get Office Web Apps, but I think the expectations are being wrongly set here.


Just so your expectations are set, at least at this time, as of this writing, you don’t get Office Web Applications natively in SBS 2011 Standard.


Edit after 7 p.m.:  So obviously crabbing/blogging about it helped a little as now it says:


Online Collaboration

Get things done from virtually wherever and whenever. With Office Web Apps (available for SharePoint Foundation 2010), users can view, create, and edit documents anyplace with an Internet connection.

 

 


But make no mistake,  it’s not for free, the licensing means that every user has to have an Office 2010 VL as well:


Joining Dots: SharePoint and Office Web Apps:
http://www.joiningdots.com/blog/2010/07/sharepoint-and-office-web-apps/
“Office Web Apps are not included with retail or OEM versions of Office or with any previous version of Office. And every user who accesses documents using Office Web Apps must have a volume licenses to use Office, including third parties outside your organisation”

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