Microsoft Office has recently taken to the clouds, and if you haven’t already started using your SkyDrive and Office Live Web Apps, here’s another good reason to start. Using your SkyDrive, you can embed PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets in any web page or blog post. That way, your readers can view entire PowerPoint presentations or Excel spreadsheets in an iFrame or in a full screen web viewer without downloading PowerPoint Viewer. It works across all platforms and browsers and is a groovy way to make your PowerPoint presentations accessible to everyone. Here’s an example:
Let’s quickly review the process:
Log in to http://office.live.com/ using your Windows Live ID.
Click Add files to upload a PPT or XLS file. Or, create a new one from scratch by Clicking on the appropriate document type on the right.
Select an existing folder that’s shared with everyone, or Click New Folder if you don’t have a public folder.
Name your folder. Next to Share with, Click Change.
Drag the slider to Everyone (public). Click Next.
Drag and drop the PPT or XLS file you’d like to upload and embed, or Click select documents from your computer to browse for it.
Click More next to your uploaded file. Click Share and choose Embed.
Copy the HTML code.
Paste the HTML embed code into your blog’s source. Make sure you’re in Source mode or HTML mode.
And you’re done. As long as your blog or webpage supports iframes, your readers should now be able to view the PowerPoint presentation or Excel spreadsheet in all its glory using Office Web Apps.
To upload and embed a spreadsheet, follow the exact same steps as above, except with an XLS or XLSX file. And that’s all there is to it!