Microsoft Office Suite Applications Goes Online

Microsoft has been unveiling some really interesting stuff at Professional Developers Conference. Windows Azure and Windows 7 have already made big news in the blogosphere.

Now Microsoft is planning to take its Microsoft Office Suite of applications online. The lightweight web-based version of these apps called, Office Web Applications will provide basic apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc  online which can be accessed from anywhere.

Users will be able to access their documents from a PC or a mobile web browser. This looks similar to Google Docs because users will also be able to create, edit and save documents.

This service will come in two flavours. One will be ad-funded, free for all. And the other will be hosted subscription service for business customers. The interface looks very clean, and comes with all the usual features you want in hand.

Office Web Applications will be giving Google Docs, Zoho and ThinkFree a tough competition, but still it will lack some features as of the desktop version because this is not a replacement for Microsoft Office. The next version of Microsoft Office will also have the ability to synchronize documents with the web apps.

[Via ReadWriteWeb]

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