In this article, we will walk you through the Microsoft Free Office Online application. What are the things included in the app? What are the limitations? Who can use this free online application?

What is Free Office Online

Free Online Office, also known as Office on the Web, is a completely free, lightweight version of Microsoft Office initially released as Office Web Apps in 2010.

It makes it easy to access the software from any device with just a browser and an active internet connection without needing to install the software on your device.

You must be signed in with a Microsoft account to use this software. It allows multiple users to collaborate on the same file simultaneously. The main apps are Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

What is Microsoft Free Office Online

Free Office Online Apps

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • OneNote
  • Sway
  • Outlook
  • OneDrive
  • Forms
  • Skype
  • Calendar
  • People

Limitations of Office Online Apps

Office Online is the best free online collaboration application that allows multiple users to work on the same files and can share them with others. It does have some limitations as compared with the paid Microsoft Office suite of applications.

It does give you the basic editing and formatting features that are enough for most regular users, but not for advanced users. The advanced options such as mail merge, border, citations, table of content, etc. are not available.

Who can use Free Office Online?

Office Online is good for small businesses and personal use for those who are looking for basic editing and collaboration features using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint applications. It also provides 5GB of free OneDrive cloud storage.

Not all the office applications are included in Office Online, such as Outlook, Access, and Publisher. If the organization does not require these apps, then they can happily use Office Online without any issue.

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Microsoft Free Online Office is a free lightweight version of Microsoft Office. It is good for small business and personal use if you are looking for basic features with 5GB of cloud storage.

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By Feroz Khan

Feroz Khan works as a system administrator with more than 12 years of experience in information technology. He would like to share the knowledge with others that he has gained during his working experience.

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