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EE Pros,

I've got a great Excel designed (2010) App. that I've compiled into an exe. using "LockXLS".  I continuously have my users struggle to use the app with consistent compatability problems. I've been thinking about the advantages of hosting/publishing the Workbook, on-line, so that users could simply access it via their web browser and use it.  I need some professional input as to the possibilities of publishing or hosting a Excel model "in a SaaS" or Cloud model via the Internet.  Is it done?  Often? Problems? Advantages?  -- How?

Your comments and input is appreciated.

Thank you up front,

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by:sisiliano
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Is this file to be edited or editing anything? What does this app do? Could you give some details about what this excel web app does.

Are the users gonna have access to the app at the same time.
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by:sisiliano
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Why dont you take a look to this link.

http://www.microsoft.com/office/RM/ExcelWebApp.aspx

It might help about how to share the file.
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by:Bright01
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sisiliano,

Thank you for picking up my question.  The App. is simply a Workbook that someone will be using to do an analysis.  It may be accessed and then saved as a copy to work on.  Only one person will be using it at a time (each copy).  I need it to run in a consistent environment so as not to have compatibility problems with different versions of Win. and Office.  So I don't need a DB; a Excel File that can be accessed, copied and saved with single user will work.  Is it possible in some form of hosting environment?  Perhaps "publishing" a WB to a Web App./Server for "access" (not download)?

Thank you,

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by:sisiliano
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Ok then.

Did you check the link a posted? I as far as i undestand publishing this app that way, would only require IE browser to used it online.

Check it out.
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by:Bright01
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I did!  And I uploaded the .exe version of my Excel File (created in Excel and compiled in LockXLS).  With that said, am I simply sharing the file by allowing someone access?  I created a folder, I am guessing I can make it public.  However, can someone run the app within Skydrive thus eliminating the compatibility issues I am having by simply sending them the .exe?  That's my issue.

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I'm not sure about it, i think you shouldnt have any issues. But it is easy to find out, ask a user that was having an issue when using your app to try and see what happens.

Best regards!!
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by:Bright01
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So I chatted with the MS person today and they informed me that Skydrive is nothing more then a virtual harddrive for storage.  Very disappointing.   They did say I could use "SharePoint" but it would have to be within a Business Intranet.  

Here's the final question.  If SharePoint would work; could I host the Model using SharePoint and simply sign people up to access it via the Web?  So it would be a "hosted" Excel Model.

Any thoughts?

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MS said not but what did the user said?
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Test your app that way via excel web apps to share it verify if it works. If it doesnt then i would be better to use sharepoint. There is SharePoint Online i think these would be your best option.

Check what sharepoint offers you.

Regards
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by:Bright01
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Good advice.  I've got some more information on Skydrive that may allow me to provide the WB and control access.

Thank you,

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Glad to help.

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