Archive for June 2010
Online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote are now available for free.
Go to Windows Live and sign up. You can use any email account you want, it doesn’t have to be Hotmail. Once you have signed up you will see a menu at the top of the page and one of the items is “Office”. Click it and you go to the Office home page where you see a list of your recently edited docs and to the right you see “Create a new online document” with icons for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.
So far I’ve tried out Word, Excel and OneNote. They are limited versions of the full-blown desktop software, but they have all the basic features you use the most.
If you want a local copy of your work, you can click on the “File” tab and there is a download option. (With OneNote you have to click “File > Properties” and then find the “Download” link on the menu on the Properties page. Why they did it that way is anyone’s guess.)
Usage is supported by advertising, so it’s not really free, but free enough I think.
You have 25 Gig of space for your docs, so you shouldn’t run out of room anytime soon.
So, now you can get started on that novel you’ve been meaning to write without spending a dime on a fancy new word processor.