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11:57 am on Jun 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft Launches Office on SkyDrive [windowsteamblog.com]
Over the last few months, we've gotten incredible feedback from the hundreds of thousands of users in our Office Web Apps Technical Preview. We’ve been busy incorporating much of that feedback, and today, Office Web Apps on SkyDrive are now available to everyone in the US, UK, Canada, and Ireland. We’ll have more to share next week when Office 2010 is released to consumers, including how Office 2010 + SkyDrive + Office Web Apps give you the best productivity experience across the PC, phone, and browser.

In the meantime, if you live in the US, UK, Canada, or Ireland, you can head over to Office.live.com today to start viewing and editing Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote documents right in your web browser – and share them with your friends.
1:38 pm on June 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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RIP google docs.
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About time M$ went into that market.

2 big questions though: 1) is it free? 2) do you still need an install of these tools on your PC, or is it truly cloud based?
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@Hugene: It's free to anyone who has a live.com userid... cloud based. I just tried it out. Sort of weird GUI. One names and saves (the name of?) a new docx before editing. The abilities seem a bit more primitive than GOOG Docs. Certainly no margin control (but then, I don't recall whether GOOG Docs had that, either: I don't use GOOG Docs anymore). No image imbedding, that I could find. So GOOG Docs won't go away soon.
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well MS isn't pitching this as an office replacment so I wouldn't imagine it to be as full featured as an office install, not that you could even do such a thing with a web app.

You've got office 2010 that can save locally, or into a skydrive, then people that don't have office at all can view and interact with the document. Or if you are at a computer without office you can still access and edit your docs.
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If Hotmail wasn't such a PoS then I'd definitely consider moving over to this from Google Docs. But it isn't.
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hence why hotmail is getting a face lift.
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Love it! it's Google Doc and more. I've been playing around with it and find it easy to use.
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I guess it goes without saying, IE only? I tried FF and created a doc and then didn't actually see the doc to edit, just a polar bear in a snowstorm. It would appear you can't edit in FF. That's lame. That's the kind of crap that will keep people at Google Docs.
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^ i just created and saved a doc in FF with no problems at all.

v 3.5.9


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and opera.
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Yep, using FF with no issues at all.
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I just tried it in Chrome and it seems to work fine there as well.
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hmm, I've gotta check my version and see what's up.
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CrustyAdmin: I'm using FF but had to download/install Silverlight to get the interface to work correctly.
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I like it. I'm impressed that Microsoft didn’t make you download a plug-in to use it, which was my biggest fear. Its a little basic compared to Office, but then I like how very easy it is to use.

Two things that will make this a very big success,
1. Expand the share option to include everything possible.
2. Let everyone have easy and non restrictive access to this.
If it’s a useful tool that anyone can use, than I would think everyone will use it.
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Are there privacy concerns with stored content? I do not mean if your account is hacked. More akin to, can they "read" your content like G does gmail, in order to advertise and/or increase demographic maps?

[edited by: Jon_King at 12:52 pm (utc) on Jun 9, 2010]

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MS has already stated they do not read your e-mail.
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I am referring to privacy for Word, Powerpoint and Excel docs.
1:24 am on June 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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They have a Privacy link at the bottom of every page. There are clauses about advertising, but I didn't see anything specific about them using your content to target advertising.