Microsoft plans to offer a free web-based version of its Office productivity suite, known as Office Web Apps, that will debut with the release of Office 2010. Office Web Apps will include online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. The web apps will allow sharing and collaboration of documents and files and also feature user interfaces similar to their desktop counterparts. Office Web Apps will be available for free on all popular browsers on Mac, Linux or Windows PC.
Microsoft is expected to ship Office Web Apps alongside Microsoft Office 2010 sometime next year but here’s a simple hack that will help you access the preview version of Office Web Apps right now.
- Go to skydrive.live.com and sign in with your Windows Live ID.
- Switch your profile settings to English and United States (here and here)
- Click the Documents folder and upload a dummy Word file to this folder though "Add Files".
- Once the document is uploaded, you’ll see an invitation to join the Office Web Apps preview program. An invitation to beta test Office Web Apps should appear by now. Accept the EULA and you’re all set to use Office Web Apps.