Office Online alternatives

Office Online
Microsoft Office Online is a web-based version of Microsoft Office productivity suite. It includes the web-based versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft OneNote. The web apps allow users to access their documents directly from anywhere within a web browser as well as share files and collaborate with other users online.
Office Online alternatives are:
Google Docs, Office 365, Google Apps
Here are the latest news about Office Online:

2014 Microsoft adds Office to Google's store, launches 7$/month version



It seems that the new Microsoft boss Satya Nadella doesnэt feel natural  hate towards Google like his predecessor. At least Microsoft's Office Online is now available in the Chrome Web Store. While not so long ago Microsoft urged users to avoid Google Chrome, because it's stealing their data for advertising purposes (watch the video above). By the way, according to rumors, this anti-google advertising campaign "Don't get Scroggled" is already frozen. The second news - Microsoft has launched Office 365 personal subscription plan that costs $7/month or $70/year. It allows you to install the full-fledged MS office on one computer, install the complete mobile Office on one tablet and unlimited use of Office on smartphones and in browser. Prior to that, the cheapest option of Office 365 was $100/year (for 5 users / computers).



2014 Microsoft launches Office for iPad. Makes Office for iPhone and Android free



Looks like thing are changing in Microsoft after the coming of Satya Nadella. Before him Microsoft management believed that people using Android and iOS - is a temporary misunderstanding. They hoped that in the future all people will return to Windows and will be happy. But the new boss said today that "our customers are already using a number of compute platforms, giving Microsoft zero option". After that he presented the long-awaited Office для iPad. The bad news is that if you want to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint on iPad - you need to subscribe to Office 365 (which costs from $6.99/month). The same thing was with iPhone/Android before. But today, another miracle happened and Office for iPhone/Android has became free. I.e. now you can for free edit documents from cloud storage OneDrive on your smartphone. So maybe the iPad version also will become free soon. By the way, it already provides a free option to view documents and show PowerPoint presentations.



2014 What is Office Online?


As you know, Microsoft was recently forced to rename the file storage and sync service SkyDrive to OneDrive. But Microsoft marketers didn't stop at this point and decided to rename also Office Web Apps. If you hear this title for the first time - it's not surprising. These applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote) work inside that SkyDrive (OneDrive) and you probably didn't care how they were called. However, now Microsoft is introducing a new label - Office Online on a separate site. Microsoft marketers say that before now when people searched for "Office Online" they didn't underestand why they need to sign up on SkyDrive. And now they will find Office Online and quickly begin working. However, eliminating one confusion - they gave birth to another: now users need to understand the difference between Office Online and Office 365.



2014 Google, Microsoft and Apple refreshed their online office apps



These are not very important updates, but we thought why not remind you once again that online office apps exist, develop and you may well use them instead of paid Word, Excel and PowerPoint. So, Google updated its spreadsheets (watch video above). Now they work faster, even with a very-very large documents. There are new filters and functions, as well as the ability to work offline in the Chrome browser (just like it works for text documents and presentations). As for Microsoft, they mainly worked to redesign their Office Web Apps. The interface became more flat (like in Outlook.com) and more comfortable thanks to the updated toolbar. And the notebook app OneNote for Android has become like Evernote (watch video below):



The biggest new addition in Apple's cloud iWork - is document password protection. The passwords are compatible with Microsoft Office, so a secured iWork document can be opened in Office without reformatting it, letting users share sensitive information between the platforms. Among the other additions: customizable alignment and spacing guides to Pages, allowing you to rotate, resize and mask objects with various-shaped frames. The app Numbers also added column and rows sorting, as well as the ability to switch to vertical view.

And recall that recently this good company of online office suites was joint by free Teamlab Personal.



2013 Web Office Apps add normal real-time co-authoring



Microsoft's online document editors Office Web Apps (available in SkyDrive and Office 365) already provided collaborative editing for some time. But it worked in the old-fashioned way: you had to press the Save button - and only then your colleagues saw the changes you made. Now this feature will become modern: you'll be able to see who is currently working on a document and see what collaborators are doing. And the Save button is gone, now the changes are saved automatically. So now it works just like in Google Docs. But this does not mean that Microsoft's online editors are lagging behind Google's. Regarding the document formatting, Office Web Apps does the better job, especially after today's update. In particular, the Word Web App added page headers and footers, ability to find and replace words and phrases, table styles and formatting and the Excel Web App added status bar and the ability to drag and drop cells and reorder sheets.