Microsoft launches new Office Online

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Microsoft has today launched the newly rebranded Office Online (www.office.com) suite of apps, succeeding the popular Web Apps. Today's launch also paves the way for more usability improvements to make it easier for consumers to take advantage of available features, including easier collaboration and sharing with others.

The original Microsoft suite of online Office apps were confusing with regards to the branding and how everything was set up. There was no fluid navigation to go between the online Office apps and other Microsoft services, including OneDrive and Outlook. Now everything will change with all the online services coming together.

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The same suite of apps are available. You've got Excel Online, Word Online, PowerPoint Online and OneNote Online. Everything is synchronised with Microsoft's newly rebranded OneDrive cloud storage. Fear not if you already have the desktop counterparts as it's really simple to go from the online suite to offline mode with a click of a button.

Head on over to Office.com to try out the new service today.

Source: Office.com, via: Office Blog; thanks to everyone who tipped us!


Reader comments

Microsoft launches new Office Online


The Office Web Apps still dont show up in the outlook.com header. Outlook.com shows up in the Office Online header though.

I use Google Docs for work (I haven't been able to get them to switch to 365 yet). It is such a PITA, looks ugly, and is missing so many nice features and nice touches that Office Online has.

If you're referring to the Office in the headline photo, it's Office 2013. Yes, you can buy it.

If you're talking about Office Online, you could buy additional storage for it.



0€ Office Online:
Word, Powerpoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook.com


139€ Office Home & Student 2013:
Word, Powerpoint, Excel, OneNote for 1 PC (only private use)


269€ Home & Business:
Word, Powerpoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook for 1 PC(commercial use allowed)


539€ Office Professional 2013:
Word, Powerpoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access for 1 PC(commercial etc)


99€ per year Office 365:
Word, Powerpoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access for 5 PCs + 20GB OneDrive storage + 60min Skype per month for 5 PCs.


I hope that helps.



Check with your company first and see if the do the HUP program. If they do its $9.95 for Office Pro 2013, installable on 2 machines. Just fyi... Got mine like that. jejeje

Want more on office features on WP too like opening another document by swiping up from down. Making few excel sheets and having an option of making graphical data of excel data.

It is really painful to use such complicated actions on small phone screen. I usually only add a cell or edit some words on phone.

why don't they just wrap them up as apps...? if they are making different versions all (nearly) from scratch that sounds like a lot of meaningless extra effort to me. i read somewhere you can make an metro app in html5 right?

Its not as easy as you think. Office Online is also quite limited in functionality, while the Metro versions should be fully functional and propably part of Office 365 so you have to pay for it.

Wow, how many different versions and incarnations of "Office" can MS come up with??  I know it's their cash cow, but jeesh, at some point the matrix of  available Office products becomes a bit bewildering and probably confusing to customers.  Maybe they could get a little (or a ton) more creative with product names so it would be easier to immediately know which Office is being discussed.

SkyDrive here

One drive there...

4 here

8 there...

MS... Please fix this.

Add Skype too (Lynk, IM)

Add Azure WM (Second Screen via Azure Virtual Machine)

Windows Phone . com

Add office365

...Create a UI Metro Starter in the clouds

Its shocking to me to see here how many people had no idea this already existed. It was linked through outlook.com and the old SkyDrive.com as office web app suite... This isn't really new, just reworked of the same stuff. But everyone is acting like they have never heard of it. This goes to show that Microsoft needs to do work on their services awareness.

They just did, and the fact that people are reacting this way means their change is working in a big way compared to the old branding.