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Microsoft launches challenge with Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office Web Appson SkyDrive

Microsoft Office Web Appson SkyDrive

Microsoft have only gone and done it, finally launching a challenge to Google Docs and Open Office, by offering Microsoft Office Web Appson SkyDrive. The new technology from Microsoft brings Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote to the cloud to launch a challenge on the current market leaders.

The free web applications are available to use now for anyone with a Windows Live account, after a month's worth of beta testing on the SkyDrive platform, users have showered the technology with positive feedback.

Visiting office.live.com lets you create new documents, spreadsheets and presentations without having the desktop program installed on your computer, or even paying for it - great for businesses who are use to using Microsoft Office, but have been looking towards cloud computing .

As well as seeking to knock Google Docs off its perch, Microsoft has also added a live document collaboration tool, called OneNote, to rival Google Wave and allow users to work within the same document in real time. Users can now upload their documents and work together on them in real time, which is the real promise of cloud computing apps such as Office Web Apps.

Account holders will get a storage space of 25GB, which should be plenty of space for the time being, with most word docs coming in below 50KB.

"Incredible feedback"

"Over the last few months, we've gotten incredible feedback from the hundreds of thousands of users in our Office Web Apps Technical Preview," said Jason Moore Principal Lead Program Manager, Windows Live SkyDrive

"We've been busy incorporating much of that feedback, and today, Office Web Apps are now available to everyone in the US, UK, Canada, and Ireland.

"We'll have more to share next week when Office 2010 is released to consumers, including how Office 2010 + SkyDrive + Office Web Apps give you the best productivity experience across the PC, phone, and browser," Tech Radar reported.

Jodie Humphries

Jodie Humphries graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA Hons in Creative Writing in 2008. She has worked for GDS Publishing for the digital group since July 2009. She has previous experience with writing for the web, running her own website since April 2007.

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