Microsoft Office Online Web Apps are the online companions to Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft Excel 2010 and Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 desktop applications and they are free. Users can use Office web apps to create, view and edit documents from any device that has an Internet connection.
Microsoft Office Online Web Apps are available in Windows Live for home users, while enterprises can install and configure Office Web Apps on their SharePoint 2010 site. Microsoft Office Web Apps extend your Office applications to the web browser and you can save the documents online at Windows Live Sky Drive. You can even Co-author office documents in real time i.e. you can work with others on the same document at the same time.
How to use Microsoft Office Online Web Apps?
The following are the steps to save an Office 2010 document online.
- 1. Open an existing document or create a new document in Word 2010, Excel 2010, or PowerPoint 2010, on your PC.
- 2. Click the File tab to open the Backstage view, a file menu that gives you easy access to functions such as saving, printing, and sharing.
- 3. Click Save & Send and then click Save to Web to save to windows Live SkyDrive, a free online storage, and access the document from any computer through a Web browser.
- 4. You must have a Windows Live account to save to the document to your free SkyDrive account. If you don’t have one, you must sign up to create an account. If you have an account, click Sign in. You will be prompted to sign in with your Windows Live ID. It should be noted that if you use Hotmail, Messenger, or Xbox Live then you already have a Windows Live ID.
- 5. After signing in save the document to a folder that exists already by selecting it or create a new folder and click Save As.
- 6. Give a a name to the file and then click Save. Next, click File, and then click Close.
To view, edit and share your Office 2010 document online, follow the steps mentioned below.
- Visit http://skydrive.live.com. If prompted, enter your Windows live ID and password and click Sign in.
- Move to the SkyDrive folder where you saved your document. Select the file and then click View.
Desktop applications like Office 2010 are not required to work online with Office Web Apps, though all Office 2010 applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote) make it easy to save files directly to SharePoint and Windows Live SkyDrive.
Thus, Office Web Apps makes it easy to share documents with anyone. All office documents can be viewed and edited in the browser
However, Office Web Apps provide limited functionality and if you want to make substantive changes that require the feature-rich Office desktop applications, you can seamlessly transition to the corresponding Office desktop application, directly from the Office Web Apps!
If you have a document open in an Office Web App, click the “Open” command to open the file in the Office program installed on your computer. When you are done, click “Save” in the Office program, and the file is saved back online.
Microsoft Office Web Apps work in all widely used browsers, and are officially supported in Windows Internet Explorer 9, 8 and 7, Firefox 3.5 for Windows, Mac, and Linux and Safari 4 for Mac.
Go to Microsoft Office Web Apps and start editing, viewing or sharing your office documents online for free.