Hyderabad: Microsoft India Private Ltd today has announced the availability of Office Web Apps in India for free use for Windows Live users. From today, users can access Office Web Apps, the online companions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, for free using their Windows Live ID on the SkyDrive or Hotmail, which may benefit around 30 mln online users worldwide.
This will allow them to create, view, edit, and share Office documents from anywhere with an Internet connection.
According to Microsoft’s announcement, Office Web Apps provide consistent formatting of a document with full images and footnotes, table borders and text effects to the user. To start with Office Web Apps, users only require a Windows Live ID, a supported web browser (IE, Firefox, Chrome or Safari) and an Internet connection. Moreover, team members can work together using Office Web Apps, regardless of what version of Microsoft Office they use and whether they work on a PC or a Mac.
More than 30 million users worldwide are already using beta version of Office Web Apps in just over six months after they were introduced. Microsoft also announced in November 2010 that Facebook users who are using its new messaging service are now able to view Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents directly in Facebook with the Office Web Apps, making it even easier for people to access and share information across different devices, networks and platforms. Users can also view Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on Windows Live SkyDrive via Office Web Apps on most modern smartphones.