Office Online (formerly Office Web Apps) may be Microsoft’s best kept secret. But this week the company updated both the name and the visibility of their online tools. Office.com is now the start menu for Office Online.
The suite offers a surprising amount of the functionality found in the desktop version of the software at no cost. Why We Web has covered Google Docs in other posts, and this essentially contains the same features, only in the more familiar format of Microsoft Office. It includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote, along with Outlook.com email, the People contacts app, and Microsoft Calendar. The free version is available on all PCs and tablets (it works beautifully on the iPad), though you’ll need a subscription to use it on phones. It comes with 7 GB of storage for storing documents and media via Microsoft’s cloud storage service, OneDrive. There are other perks as well, like the ability to embed interactive documents in blogs or websites and the availability of dozens of document templates to get you started. Collaboration is real-time, both between Office Online users and with users of the desktop Office 365 suite.
Check out the gallery for screenshots of Office Online in action or visit Microsoft’s Office page for more information.