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Have SharePoint 2010 open office documents in browser on an live farm

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This blog walks through the process of configuring a sharepoint server so that office documents open up in the browser by default for reading and editing. Also for those who are new to Office web apps, Installing Office Web app is the only way to achieve this.

Blog assumes that sharepoint is already installed and configured. Installing office web app on a sharepoint farm that is not configured saves the extra step of re-running the config wizard.

Folllwing are the steps :
1. Install Office Web App on the Server

2. When installation is completed it will open the sharepoint 2010 product configuration wizard.

3. If this wizard is not run then even though office web app is isntalled on the server sharepoint will not recognize it and If you go to Central Admin\ Security settings\ Manage services on Server you will still not see any of the office web app service
a. Word Viewing service
b. Excel service
c. Powerpoint service

4. Run the sharepoint 2010 product configuration wizard
a. Log in…