Microsoft announces Office Online, the new name for Word, Excel and the rest via a browser

Microsoft launched its Office suite as an online version months ago. Now it has renamed the experience as Office Online.

Office Online is now easier to find at office.com where Word, Outlook, Excel, OneDrive, OneNote, PowerPoint, People and Calendar are all available via a browser. It's like using the experience you had before but just with a new front end.

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Using your Microsoft account all the services are available via Windows 8 style icons which you can click into from within your browser. All your files are automatically saved across your accounts and, after being added previously, you can use real-time co-authoring to edit in groups.

The online experience also includes hundreds of PowerPoint and Excel templates to make it easier to create what you need quickly.

There is also an app switcher menu that lets you easily swipe in and out of services without having to go out of Office Online at all.

Office Online is live at office.com now.

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