If you are looking to use Microsoft Office on the Mac but don’t want to shell out a significant amount of money for Office 2011, then you might want to take a look at the newly rebranded Microsoft Office Online. Office Online, which can be found at Office.com has been rebranded and is available to use free of charge for Windows and Mac users. All you have to do is sign up for a Microsoft account, which can also be used for the recently launched OneDrive service, and sign in to Office Online. There, you’ll find a fully working version of Office apps like Word, Excel and Powerpoint. There’s also OneNote and Outlook.
If you haven’t already tried Office Online, or it’s previous iteration, the Office Web Apps, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised, as it’s almost like looking at the native app on the Mac. It’s been around for a while now, but in essence, Microsoft is offering its extremely poweful Office software free of charge, and with tight integration with OneDrive, is challenging services like iCloud and iWork head on.
With Microsoft Office expected to be launched on the iPad in the coming months, and Microsoft expected to launch a new version of Office for Mac, it will be interesting to see what pricing strategy they adopt, particularly when considered in the context of Apple’s free iWork software.