Other examples of occasions ideally suited for Microsoft Web Apps include team projects such as managing a Little League team or planning the neighborhood street party that involve multiple people needing the ability to work from the same file. Microsoft Office Web Apps are also a perfect solution for people who seldom need to create a Word, Excel or other Office document.
Microsoft Office Web Apps are a simple way to create a Word document, Excel spreadsheet, PowerPoint presentation or OneNote notebook while on the go, save the file to SkyDrive and then email the file with Outlook.com or do additional editing later with Microsoft Office.
Creating Microsoft Office Web AppsThese simple steps illustrate how easy it is to create Microsoft Office Web Apps. All you need to get started is a free Microsoft Account, an Internet connection and you are ready to go.
There are two ways to access Microsoft Office Web Apps.
1. If you are already logged on to Outlook.com, merely click the arrow to the right of then click the SkyDrive icon.
After SkyDrive opens, click Create and select the type the type of file you need to create.
2. The second method is to go to Office.com click the "My Office" link and sign on with your Microsoft Account.
Using Word as an example, a blank document will open with all of the standard formatting tools you are accustomed to finding in the ribbon readily available, including spell check!
Split between the two screen captures below is a copy of some of the formatting features available in the Microsoft Word Office App.
When you have finished creating your document, merely click the save icon or File > Save.
Share the FileAfter you have finished creating/editing your document, it is just as easy to share the file with team members, co-workers, family, etc., as appropriate as it was to create the document.
If you are ready to share the document, you can do it right from SkyDrive. Merely click "Share" and you can type in an email address or use one already in your Outlook.com address book.
Select whether the recipient(s) need the ability to Edit the document. If it is a business file, check the requirement that recipients need to sign in.
You can also attach the document to an email from Outlook.com. Merely create your email and click the paperclip. Click your SkyDrive app and select the document. At this point, you can elect to send the file using SkyDrive or attach the file, in which case the recipient can download the document.
Are You Ready Now?
You can see how easy it is to use Microsoft Web Apps. Give it a try and if you have questions, leave a comment. I'd also love to hear from you if you use Microsoft Office Web Apps for a group or team project.
Update: This short video by MSFTOutlook illustrates the simplicity of combining Outlook.com, SkyDrive and Microsoft Office apps in your everyday life:
Update 2: Consumer Camp is an excellent resource for, you guessed it, consumers! The purpose of Consumer Camp is to "showcase Microsoft’s consumer-facing technologies, through education and engagement."
To learn even more about Microsoft Web Apps, set aside 15 minutes and visit the link below to watch the Office Team's video shared by my friend and fellow Microsoft MVP, MGetting things done with Office Web Apps.
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