You can use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more with just your browser. No installations required. You can access your documents with any device like a smartphone or tablet and of course your PC/Laptop/Mac.
The caveat is that these are starter versions of the products so some features found in the full versions are missing. However, the starter versions are more than adequate for most everyday need such as resumes, spreadsheets, letters, calendars, email, etc.
One downside of the online version of Word is the only page size available is 8.5″ x11″.
Included in your Office account is 5GB of Onedrive cloud storage. More than enough space to store tons of documents!
To start using Office Online simply go to Office.com. If you already have a free Microsoft account (usually your email address when you log in to Windows 8/8.1/10) then enter it and the password you use to log into your PC/laptop. If you don’t have an account then you can click to create one. Use your primary email address as your username.
This will make it easier when you use Outlook. And speaking of Outlook, all you do is confirm your email address or select a different one and your good to go. No configuration setting, ports or mail server names required. You can also share your calendar.
As I mentioned earlier, your data is stored in the Onedrive cloud. But you can save local copies to the device your are using.
One nice feature is you can save Office documents to PDF format.
Once you are signed in, you’ll see a page similar to the image above (click to enlarge). You do not need to download Office. So ignore the download link and just click the app you want to use.
Easy, painless and best of all – FREE!