Microsoft finally launched the Office web application officially.
If you have a Windows live account then you can access Microsoft Office web version on your browser now. It lets you create new documents, edit them, share them with friends and much more.
The storage space needed is provided by Skydrive. It’s 25 GB in total.
How to use Office Live
Go to office.live.com. Login with your Windows Live ID. If you don’t have an ID then sign up for it.
How to upload office documents
On the web, click on “Add files” link as shown below.
Click on “New folder” to create a new folder. If you want to upload your document to an existing folder then click on each folder.
Now click on “Choose file” button to select a file. After selecting the file, click on “Upload” button. All the documents you upload will be saved in your Skydrive account. Note that file size should not be greater than 50 MB.
How to edit Office documents Online
When you hover your mouse over an uploaded document, you’ll get options. Now, click on “Edit in browser” option.
The document will open in your browser. You can edit it just like you edit in the desktop version of Microsoft Office. There are a number of editing options available.
How to create a new Office document
If you want to create a new office document then click on “Office” tab given at the top. On the drop-down menu, select “New Word document”. Similarly you can create a Excel workbook, a PowerPoint presentation and a OneNote notebook.
Also, if you are on Office homepage, you’ll find 4 icons as below. To create an online document, click on icons.
Next, give a name to the new document. After giving the name, click on “Save” button.
Now start typing text on the Word document. You can perform as many basic activities that you do in desktop version Office.
Open Microsoft Office on your mobile phone
If your mobile phone is connected to the internet then go to your mobile phone browser and visit Office.live.com. You can easily view Word and PowerPoint documents without any extra software.
Messenger and online collaboration
Even if you don’t have Windows Live messenger installed on your computer, you can chat with your friends while editing an office document. You can share the document (when you hover your mouse over any file, a share link appears). Online collaboration is quick and easy.
There is a version history feature to go back to previous edits of your document. Also, there is an enhanced search box to find all your documents created or uploaded by you and those shared by others.
According to Microsoft, this is just the start. In future, you’ll find new features in Hotmail and web office, like better integration of web office version with desktop tool, offline editing features etc.
Let us know what you think of the new ms office web apps.
Office is now live on SkyDrive! [via Windows Live]
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