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Downloading the Office Web Apps for SharePoint 2010

New to SharePoint 2010 is one of the most exciting bits of software that I’ve seen since Clippy, the Office Web Applications (OWAs). In case you haven’t heard of them, the OWAs are in browser versions of Word, Excel PowerPoint and OneNote. It gives you the ability to open any of those files inside of your browser without the programs actually installed on your computer. You can also use them on platforms where Office isn’t available, like Linux. They’re available at, Windows Live as well as Office365, but the best part of all is that the OWAs can be installed in SharePoint. In YOUR SharePoint farm. I know, pretty exciting.

Unfortunately the licensing and downloading of the OWAs is nearly as confusing as explaining the difference between a site collection and a web to your cat. There are good documents covering planning and deployment, but information how to download them is scant. Luckily for you, dear reader, not only have I cracked the code OWA download code, but I talked one of my customers into letting me take screenshots while we did it. I promised I wouldn’t mention their name. But thanks for the screenshots. Smile

The OWAs are not licensed with SharePoint, nor can you buy licenses for it separately. It is only licensed with Office 2010 Pro Plus with volume licensing. That’s why the downloading of the software and licensing is not intuitive, it’s technically part of the Office client. To download the OWAs and their license key, start by browsing to the volume licensing site at You’ll need to log in with your volume licensing account. Once you’re in there, click “Downloads and Keys” from the top menu.


Then filter on Office products, find the Office 2010 Professional Pro product and click Download.


Then choose “Web Browser” and verify the operating system type is set to “32 bit.”


Here’s where it gets hysterical. I hope you’re sitting down. We picked the 32 bit type, right? And SharePoint 2010 is only 64 bit, right? Yup, you have to pick the 32 bit architecture to get the 64 bit download. Once you navigate that little bit of ridiculousness, click the button to download the ISO. If you don’t see the OWA link, it probably means you aren’t licensed for it.


To install the software you’ll need a key. Click the Key link to get the installation key.


Like any good software these days, there’s a few patches available for the OWAs. Go to my SharePoint 2010 Builds page to see what the latest patch is. Then you can slipstream the patch into the OWA install directory.

Now your users will be confounded and amazed when they can edit Office documents right in the browser. Expect to spend some time being hoisted around on their shoulders in appreciation.



At last...

Thank you very much for your post. I have just spent close to 2 hours trying to locate those files.

Thank you.
 on 9/27/2012 7:51 PM


At least wasted 1h looking for that file.
 on 10/4/2012 1:43 PM


Just wan't to say thx for your post! It helped both me and my customer to download the OWA. It was really confusing to find!
 on 10/5/2012 3:28 AM

U da man

Just wanted to add my 'thanks' as well...
 on 10/5/2012 3:11 PM


I'm glad this is helping people. Thanks for the comments.

Todd O. KlindtNo presence information on 10/5/2012 4:34 PM

Thank God for screen shots!

Thankyou!  I tried to explain how to find the OWA and was told over and over it wasn't there.  Without your screen shot of proof I would still be arguing with our Systems guy AND our Microsoft person who stated it was already part of the features of Office Professional Plus 2010.
 on 11/7/2012 11:03 AM

Re: Thank God for screen shots!

I'm glad they helped. It was the only way to tell this ridiculous story.

Todd O. KlindtNo presence information on 11/8/2012 10:35 PM

"It is only licensed with Office 2010 Pro Plus with volume licensing"

I have read in a few other places that OWA is also available with Office 2010 Standard, not just the Pro Plus.  Can you please verify?
 on 11/28/2012 11:52 AM

Re: "It is only licensed with Office 2010 Pro Plus with volume licensing"

Let's assume that I know absolutely nothing about licensing. You should always contact Microsoft for the official word on whether you're licensed or not. Here's a quote about licensing from

"Business customers licensed for Microsoft Office 2010 through a Volume Licensing program can run Office Web Apps on-premises on a server running Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 or Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010."

That doesn't specify Pro, so maybe Standard is enough.

Todd O. KlindtNo presence information on 11/30/2012 11:32 AM

"It is only licensed with Office 2010 Pro Plus with volume licensing"

Thanks for the quick reply Todd,

I confirmed with a rep that OWA is available for Standard.  This webpage also helps answer any other questions, including any questions related to Office 2013.  It seems that a purchase of Office 2013 will give you downgrade rights to 2010 OWA as well.

Heres the link:
 on 12/3/2012 9:14 AM
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