Free Microsoft Office Applications Online with Microsoft Office Online
Have you ever wanted to use free Microsoft Office applications, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, on a computer that didn’t have them installed? With Microsoft Office Online, all you need in order to use free online versions of these Office applications is a free Microsoft account. In addition to being given access to these Office applications online with a Microsoft account, you will also be given free online storage for file storage and online collaboration with others. One of the many benefits of this is that the online storage, called OneDrive, allows you to keep your Office document formatting intact when collaborating online with others, unlike other collaboration tools, such as Google Docs.
A picture of the Microsoft Office Online home page shown in a web browser window:
You can click any of the applications shown in the Microsoft Office Online page, as shown in the picture above, to open the application within your web browser and display a screen that will either allow you to sign in with your existing Microsoft account or create a new one. After you sign in, you can then use the application in much the same way as you use the retail versions of the same applications.
A picture of the “Welcome to Word” sign in screen within the Microsoft Office Online web site:
You can create new blank Office documents, create Office document from templates, or open Office files saved to your OneDrive, much in the same way that you can create Office documents in the retail versions of your Office products. A handy feature of creating Office documents within Microsoft Office Online is that the documents you create are automatically saved to your OneDrive folders online. So, unlike your standard Office applications, there is no need for a “Save” button to save your changes. You can, however, still use the “Save As” command in the “File” tab within these applications to save a copy of the document to your computer or to save it as a PDF file. Many of the features within Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word function in the same way as their installed Microsoft Office counterparts, so the lessons learned in the Microsoft Office training “Mastering Microsoft Office Made Easy v.2013-2010” by TeachUcomp, Inc. will also apply to the applications within Microsoft Office Online, as well.
A picture of Word Online shown within a web browser window: