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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Unleashed by Michael Noel, Colin Spence

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Installing and Configuring Office Web Apps for SharePoint 2010

When Office Web Apps are installed in a SharePoint Foundation 2010 or SharePoint Server 2010 farm, the Word Viewing Service, PowerPoint Service, and Excel Calculation Services are created in as service applications. No OneNote service application is created, because OneNote is capable of sharing documents natively.

The Word Viewer Service and PowerPoint service applications use worker processes to then convert documents and presentations into PNG images or into XAML (if Silverlight is installed), which are stored in a cache, which can be used for future requests for the same content. The Excel Web Application uses DHTML and JavaScript to render and enable sharing and editing of ...

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