Microsoft has announced a change today for its Office Web Apps. Those Office Web Apps have been around for a long time now. Microsoft has announced that it has renamed the Office Web Apps and added some updates to the service.
Office Online has now replaced Office Web Apps. The Office productivity suite has been online for a while and already has lots of users out there. The updates that Microsoft has made promise to make Office Online easier to use and easier to find, share, and collaborate with other users.
Along with the name change to Office Online Microsoft has launched a new way to access the Office Online service at Office.com. Microsoft notes that anyone that has been using the Office Web Apps via OneDrive, which was previously called SkyDrive, or via SharePoint in the office will still be able to access the Office software the same way.
Office Online offers access to Word Online, Excel Online, PowerPoint Online, and OneNote Online. Before new users can take advantage of the online productivity suite, they will need a Microsoft account. The Office Online version of the software is free and files are automatically saved to OneDrive. Microsoft also added hundreds of templates for documents designed using the available online applications.