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WordPress / Microsoft Office Web Apps Question

Hi Everyone,

I was hoping someone with WordPress expertise might see it and be able to help with a problem that we have encountered this week.

On our WordPress Blog we embed Excel spreadsheets from SkyDrive. This is in part accomplished by using Microsoft Office Web Apps.

A new release of Microsoft Office Web Apps has been in Beta for quite some time. During it’s Beta testing we had to “Opt Out” in order for our embed process to continue to work.

Well, this week the new release of Office Web Apps went live and now we are unable to embed anything from it into our WordPress Blog.

When you paste the embed code into WordPress it does not recognize it and deletes it.

While trying to find a solution I came across something that I believe explains the root cause:


“Hi, you may already know about this but just giving you a heads up in case you don’t.

Microsoft are changing Office Live documents in SkyDrive to resemble the Metro interface, they have also started offering you the option to opt in to a preview of the new Office Web Apps. I currently embed spreadsheets into my WordPress site.

I decided to opt in and then found that any new items I went to embed simply didn’t appear. I noticed that the url Microsoft provide you with for the preview has changed and no longer starts http://r.office.microsoft.com, but starts skydrive.live.com and I think WordPress doesn’t know yet how to interpret it.

Giving you the heads up in case this becomes a wholesale change and all of a sudden WordPress user’s can no longer embed documents/spread sheets etc.”


I am not sure if this is a Microsoft or a WordPress issue. I have contacted both of them and posted several requests on their support message boards, but as of this writing I have not gotten any responses.

What we are doing is fairly straight forward and I have to believe many other Microsoft/WordPress users have encountered the same problem this week.

I was hoping that someone may be able to shed some light on how to correct this.

If you do have any information that would be helpful please feel free to respond on here via comments, via Twitter @GreyMatterStats .

Thanks in advance to everyone for their help.

  1. November 16, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Hey, nice post. I just wrote an article on Microsoft Office alternative that work really well if you are interested in that: http://scientificocean.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/how-to-turn-your-back-on-microsoft-office/

  2. Ash
    November 4, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Im guessing wordpress doesnt understand the new link yet. Probably need to wait for an update or try using google docs instead of skydrive πŸ™‚

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