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Office On the Web

Although not a part of Office 2010, the new Office Web Apps are designed to work with Office. The Office Web Apps are light versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. You can use them to create new documents, as well as to view, perform minor edits on, and print existing Office documents. With a common browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox), the Office Web Apps enable you to work with Office documents using any computer—regardless of whether Office is installed.

The Office Web Apps work in conjunction with Windows Live SkyDrive: 25 GB of online storage is provided to anyone with a free Windows Live or Hotmail account. To use an Office document with the Office Web Apps, your first step is store a copy of the document on SkyDrive. When you want to work with a stored document, you can elect to view or edit the document in your browser. If you need the full editing capabilities of Office, you can choose to open the document in the appropriate Office 2010 or later application. Sharing can be enabled for selected SkyDrive folders, allowing other users to view and edit your documents or work collaboratively on them.

Although the Office Web Apps have limited capabilities when compared to Office (there's no support for contextual/right-click menus, for example), you'll be amazed at how much you can do with them. If you want to be blown away by just how Office-like a browser application can be, check out Excel first (see Figure 13).

Figure 13 The ultimate in cool—being able to view and edit Excel worksheets in a browser.

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