Take your office to the cloud with Microsoft Office Web Apps

Microsoft recently introduced Office Web Apps, a cloud based version of their popular productivity suite. Office Web Apps is part of Windows Live and includes versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. You can create, edit, copy, rename and delete files (via SkyDrive, see below).

With Office Web Apps and Windows Live SkyDrive, you can also share your files with friends, co-workers or clients. You can even work simultaneously with others on the same Excel workbook with Office Web Apps. Or you can embed an interactive PowerPoint presentation or Excel spreadsheet into a web page.

View of files inside Microsoft Office Web Apps
View of files inside Microsoft Office Web Apps

Excel Web App running in a browser window
Excel Web App running in a browser window

And if you have Microsoft Office on installed on your current system, you can open documents directly to that program. If you are using Office 2003 or Office XP, you will need the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack. Also, Office Web Apps have limited functionally and some of the more advanced features of the desktop programs, like Comments in Excel, do not work.

Here's a quote from their website:

INTRODUCING OFFICE WEB APPS.
Work online, anytime, from almost anywhere!

  • Office Web Apps are compatible with just about any version of Office.
  • Office Web Apps save your formatting - no matter how often you edit online or take it back into Office on your PC or Mac.
  • Office Web Apps are ready wherever you are - work from the office, your home, the airport, a coffee shop ... or France.

Windows Live SkyDrive
Free online storage

Store, access, and share thousands of documents, photos, and Microsoft Office files on Windows Live SkyDrive. SkyDrive password-protects your files so you control who has access to them.

For more information on Microsoft Office Web Apps or Windows Live SkyDrive, just follow the links below:

Microsoft Office Web Apps
Windows Live SkyDrive
Office Web Apps on SkyDrive

Geek Notes:

  • Office Web Apps is integrated into Office 2010
  • Office Web Apps is built into Windows Live, so you will need a Windows Live Id to use them
  • There is 25 GB of storage per Windows Live SkyDrive account

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