Microsoft Office web apps surpasses 20 million users

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that they have surpassed 20 million users on their Office Web Apps. Microsoft released their web apps in the summer, which included Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Microsoft was largely unchallenged in office document processing for many years, until Google stepped in three years ago and offered their own version of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, called Document, Spreadsheet and Presentation. Google Docs became a success because it was free, online and easily tied in with your gmail account.

Google Docs currently has over 25 million users, but in a few short months, Microsoft is hot on Google's trail with over 20 million users, according to The Seattle Times.

Microsoft Office Web Apps easily integrates with your Windows Live ID and a number of online services from Hotmail, Facebook and live.com. Docs.com also integrates with your SkyDrive, which offers up to 25GB of storage, can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection.

Microsoft Office Web Apps can also be downloaded to your desktop and used with Microsoft Office, unlike Google Docs, which is strictly online. Like Google Docs, users can share documents with anyone online, allowing friends to make changes to your documents.

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Good for Microsoft. I didn't know that you could download Web Apps to your desktop... That's kind of a cool feature. I've been meaning to try Web Apps out. I guess now is as good a time as any. LOL

They are catching on real fast considering that Google Docs has been around for quite some time. Soon they'll be ahead of them.
I have never used Google's services, but which one is better?

FMH said,
They are catching on real fast considering that Google Docs has been around for quite some time. Soon they'll be ahead of them.
I have never used Google's services, but which one is better?

Try them both out. They are free. I like Microsofts interface and options better.

Andrew Lyle said,
I personally like the Microsoft office web apps, I'm not a fan of google docs.

+1

Google Doc's interface is just messy IMO, whereas Web Apps mimic Office's actual interface so it's easy to get used to.

I would suggest trying them both out as well. They are, however, aimed at different market segments. Microsoft has a more polished look, but it is more of a product tie-in for their Office suite. That being said, most individuals will own a copy of Office 2003 or later.

Google Docs is a bit more rough around the edges. It to is free (unless you consider their premium services). Feature for feature, it has a bit more to offer. The interface is not as nice, but it is not a product tie, and it is more of a true cloud solution. Finally, they have been at this a bit longer and have gotten some of the performance issues worked out.

How do you download these web apps to your desktop? I could use this on my netbook. I have to say, sharing Office documents online has become very convenient for me.

JohnCz said,
How do you download these web apps to your desktop? I could use this on my netbook. I have to say, sharing Office documents online has become very convenient for me.


The offline version of the web apps is called "Microsoft Office". This is merely an extension of the office suite, albeit online.

If you're using Internet Explorer 9, however, you can always pin office.live.com to your taskbar and use it that way.

MtnDewCodeRedFreak said,
While this is a nice option, it's not for me. I have Office Pro Plus 2010.

Yep, but that only works on the device you installed it on.

You can NOT download Office Web Apps. They are only available online at the site. Am I correct? You can only use them in your browser, right?

How do you use Office Web Apps offline? The only way that I am aware of is to go out and buy a version of Office (starting at $150 or so, unless student). The docs can be downloaded, how do you download the apps?

Microsoft Office is a professional suite for office (and home) users.
That said, when you put it in relation to some free solutions, keep in mind that it's like comparing Photoshop to Paint.net.
Photoshop CS5 (only ONE app) ships for customers at 1000€ ca, while the entire Office Home and Student ships for ca 120€. Quite a difference for the professional perspective and even for home users.
So, what happens when a professional suite comes (obviously with reduced functionalities) for free? It simply happens what the news is reporting: 20 million users in a few time. And that's a good thing.
Anyhoo I'm happy to hear this news because I know MS Office is absolutely superior to any free or commercial competitor.

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