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The web-based version of Microsoft Office has never been a truly formidable foe against Google's own cloud solution, but a volley of updates released this week hope to tip the scales back in Redmond's favor.
Microsoft today announced the launch of Office Online, a consolidation of the company's Office.com and Office Web Apps that promise to make its virtual productivity suite easier to use.
Gone is the "Web Apps" name, which Microsoft claims confused consumers by making them believe there was something that needed to be installed. Office Online is a more streamlined branding for the web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, all of which automatically save documents to a connected OneDrive account.
The first three of those web apps -- er, online solutions -- now feature hundreds of new templates for getting started on any document faster than ever before. And did we mention that Office Online is still free? (That's a rarely used word for Microsoft.)
Office Online has also beefed up on its collaboration skills, including real-time dynamic editing between desktop and web versions. Last but not least, Office Online offers an in-app (there's that word again) switcher for easily jumping between each cloud-based solution.
One thing that hasn't changed is the destination: Head over to Office.com and get a look at the new and improved Office Online today.
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