If you have been using a computer or smartphone for any length of time I am sure you have noticed how we are doing more things online in regards to work, school and even our everyday lives.
Working in “the cloud” is nothing new but now we have many more options to help us decide how we want to go about using these technologies. When I say the cloud I am referring to working online using web based applications rather than using software installed on your computer itself.
Microsoft is no stranger to online applications and offers many technologies that can be used for anyone from home users to large enterprises. Of course these products vary in complexity and also in price. And just like with everything else, the more features you need the more it’s going to cost you!
Fortunately for those of us who like free stuff that still offers plenty of features and usability, there is Office for the Web (formerly named Office Web Apps and also as Office Online). Office for the Web is Microsoft’s online suite of productivity applications that anyone can use free of charge.
Office for the Web consists of many familiar apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote and Skype as well as additional features such as online storage with OneDrive and a daily planner called To Do. As for storing the files you are working on, you generally keep them within your OneDrive online storage repository.
The goal of this book is to get you up and running with Office for the Web and show you how to use each app as well as share your files and properly use your free online storage to store and access these files. If you have used or currently use Microsoft Office software on your computer then it should be a fairly smooth transition to using these apps online.