Microsoft brings Office to the web with Office 2010

The world’s largest software maker, Microsoft, today unveiled its latest document editing productivity suit, Office 2010.

The new version includes many enhancements, including enhanced security, real-time collaboration with co-workers, new styles, among other UI enhancement.

For the first time, Microsoft is making available Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, with many popular features you would normally use on a PC to the web using Ajax.

The web apps will correctly render and work the same on various browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari according to the video below. Google Chrome was not mentioned.

Check out the videos below to get a good walkthrough of the web apps in action, especially the first one.

People can already use a plethora of free online document editing software including Google Docs.

This is the first time Microsoft has released its Office software for free as web apps.

The move comes as the market shifts towards online computing and intensifying competition from substitute online applications.

Office 2010 is the most popular in terms of local machine installations, but the race is now on for the top online provider of the productivity software.

Previews of the individual Office apps have also been released on YouTube videos:

Excel 2010

Word 2010

PowerPoint 2010

Outlook 2010

You can see more product videos on the YouTube page in the related videos sidebar.

Microsoft is expected to launch Office 2010 by June 2010.


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