Technology.am (July 16, 2009) — Microsoft is finally putting versions of its Office applications suite online, as part of its move to Office 2010.
The suite of Office Web Applications – Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote – will be available to consumers, free of charge, as part of Microsoft’s Windows Live service, which has more than 400 million users. However, they are not limited to Windows users: Microsoft demonstrated them running in Firefox and Apple’s Safari browser.
The new Office 2010 doesn’t have all the capabilities of desktop versions, but do feature the ribbon-based user interface. It can also be used with any mobile phone that has a compatible microbrowser.
Small businesses will also be able to use the online versions as part of Microsoft’s cloud-based subscription service Business Productivity Online Suite, while large companies will be able to host them on in-house servers, as well as running desktop versions of Office.
Customers can decide how much they want to do on the desktop and how much online, and they can either control the service or have it managed for them.
When it comes to the desktop, Office 2010 is completing the migration to the Fluent user interface introduced with Office 2007. The new versions of Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and SharePoint Server now have ribbon-based interfaces, which can be customised.
As with Windows 7, Microsoft is reducing the number of different packages. When it appears next year, Office 2010 will be offered in five versions, but only three will be available to consumers.
The Office Home and Student edition comprises Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote, while the Home and Business edition has Outlook as well. The Professional version also includes Access and Publisher.