Microsoft Office Web Apps Launched

Microsoft's much publicized web-based office went live late Monday according to a release on its official blog by the Principal Lead Program Manager, Jason Moore. The web apps comprises browser-based versions of OneNote, Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs. It allows for basic viewing and editing of Office based documents right-on web browsers and sharing same.

The Office web apps are designed to work on PCs running on Windows, Mac and Linux. Also supporting major browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari (other browsers may as well be compatible).

The basic tools are available for consumers free with 25GB storage as part of windows Live and possibly ad-featured. While businesses can host their own full version of the web apps using the latest version of SharePoint. However, using the browser-based apps require an instant-on internet connection.

And for the the mean time the services are available on SkyDrive for people in US, UK, Canada and Ireland through the web portal office.live.com. Other regions, however can access the service by heading to this portal.

The web apps will be built into the new version of Hotmail and feature in labs known as Docs.com by Microsoft. 

The launch of the Office web-based apps is seen by analysts as Microsoft encroaching the Google Docs innovations and challenging Google's earlier call for businesses to skip the old version of Office and migrate to its Google Docs service.
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