When Microsoft presented Office 2010 last summer, they had already revealed their intention to develop an online version of the popular suite. Today this idea has come true and Office Web Apps is already up and running.
Microsoft’s online suite can be found at Office Live, where after entering your Windows Live ID login details you’ll get access to four app: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. To start any of them, simply click the correspondent icon.
Office Web Apps are very similar to the latest Microsoft Office 2010. They’re a kind of stripped-down version of the desktop suite, with less tools and options. However they work perfectly fine for basic tasks, those that most of us need on a daily basis.
This online version of Microsoft Office features a simpler variety of the ribbon-style interface, and also saves documents with the latest Microsoft extensions (that is DOCX, XLSX and PPTX). Files are saved to your personal SkyDrive, the 25-GB free storage space Microsoft provides with your Windows Live account.
Office Web Apps let you create new documents, invite other people to see and edit them, download a copy to your hard drive and print the document right from your browser. There’s also the possibility to open local files in Office Web Apps, but you need to upload them to your SkyDrive first. And if you have the latest version of Microsoft Office, you can also open the file directly in the desktop application.