Report: Microsoft Moving Closer To Launch Office Online Service

Microsoft Office Online Compare

Apart from the OneDrive rebranding, Microsoft is also planning to rebrand its Office Web Apps service to Office Online. Office Online will offer online light-weight versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote that can be accessed from a browser where you want. Office Online will offer full compatibility with your Office documents. Office Web Apps are free touch-friendly web applications that let you create, edit and share your Excel, Word, PowerPoint and OneNote files from any browser. You can share and simultaneously work on your documents with classmates, friends and co-workers. No need to merge different versions later.

From the chart above, it’s clear Microsoft is going to try to make Office Online more discoverable and understandable by the general public. It also seems that Microsoft considers this Office Online rebranding part of Microsoft’s next Office wave (codenamed Office 16), give that “O16” is part of the URL path for the new compare site.

Source: Office via: ZDNet

  • Jamesy

    Exciting! It must be a major update given that they’re incrementing O15 to O16! Does that mean there will be an Office 2014? It must be with the rapid release cycle with O365.

    • Nham Thien Duong

      Maybe, I’d say that it wouldn’t be smart for the enterprize word, free updates would be a better model as releasing a new version of your software that businesspeople will have to purchase will hurt short term sales.

  • BeefNeeg

    Enough already! The cloud is shite! I want Orifice 2019! Hopefully! POWER!!!

    • Nham Thien Duong

      Wrong, the Cloud is the future, by the end of this year it’ll be EVERYTHING.

  • Nham Thien Duong

    I really look forward to more funtionality in Microsoft Office, Sunday when I visited Amsterdam I saw Microsoft Word 2013, the integration it has with Windows is just superb, I regret having bought Microsoft Office 2010 in 2012 just a few weeks before Microsoft Office 2013, a very deep regret, but I hope to upgrade now and I’ll enjoy the online (FREE) version. :-)