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Microsoft Office Web Apps becomes Office Online

Microsoft Office Web Apps rebranded as Office Online
Microsoft Office Online
The rebranded online office suite features a dedicated startup page, a new app bar and easy access to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint templates.

Microsoft launched its Office Web Apps online office suite in early June 2010 and now it has just become Office Online. While the rebranding of SkyDrive as OneDrive also came with a new Android app and paid storage plans, Office Online only brings a few minor changes which some users may not notice at all. 

Microsoft Office Online now has a redesigned site ( and also comes with a few changes aimed at improving interaction with the users and making the service as easy to use as possible. There are two additions that stand out: the new startup page which contains Metro-style tiles that lead to each web service of the suite, as well as the updated app bar that allows fast switching among Microsoft's online services, including Word, Excel,, OneDrive, OneNote Online or PowerPoint.

At last, Microsoft also made it easier to discover templates for the documents edited using its online apps. According to the Office Blogs post announcing these changes, "The new online experience includes hundreds of Word, PowerPoint and Excel templates so you can go from nothing to something with just a click. Budgets, resumes, calendars and more, all available online, for free at"


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Codrut Nistor, 2014-02-20 (Update: 2021-05-18)