Tutorial :Is Sharepoint Server mandatory for Excel Services or Excel Web Access



Question:

The Excel Services and Excel Web Access ship with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. I'm wondering if Excel Services or any component of that technology could be used without running a Sharepoint Server.

Thanks in advance! - phi


Solution:1

These are only availble through SharePoint 2007 and don't exist as a standalone products. Microsoft is heavily pushing MOSS as the platform for most products they deliver online so I'd be very surprised to see any of these ship independantly.


Solution:2

SpreadsheetGear for .NET will do many of the things Excel Services does and also includes some functionality which you cannot get with Excel Services. SpreadsheetGear 2009 works with ASP.NET 2.0+. You can see some ASP.NET samples here and download the free trial here.

Disclaimer: I own SpreadsheetGear LLC


Solution:3

You didn't mention any feature in specific but some of the functionality available in Excel Services is now available through SkyDrive.

The Excel Calculation Service protocol is also documented here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh633051(v=office.12).aspx in case you want to write your own protocol client.


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