Microsoft Office Live – Give It A Try And See What You Think

Back on June 7, 2010, Microsoft opened its Office Live site, with what I believe was little fanfare. Knowing that its new Office 2010 products were about to hit the street, it seems that Microsoft Office Live was an afterthought. Let’s face facts. The only reason why Microsoft would even consider offering any Office products online for free was to try and compete with Google Docs.

I have used Google Docs online and found the software easy to use. With this in mind, I gave Microsoft Office Live a try and here are my thoughts. If you have used Microsoft Word, Excel, OneNote, or PowerPoint before, the software online will be very familiar to you. The first thing you will notice is that the online software is not as feature rich as the installed Microsoft Office software, but it offers enough features for most casual users of Office.

If you are unsure how to start, I suggest going to the link ‘Windows Live Blog…’ below. You will find information on using Windows Live as well as information on how to sign up for an account and also on how to upload your files. This feature requires Silverlight, which is a separate download and must be installed to take advantage of the upload feature. In addition you will need a Windows Live account or a MSN account to access the Windows Live site.

Once you go through all of the hoops, you will be able to take advantage of what Microsoft has to offer and will be able to store your stuff on its servers, aka cloud. The current limitation is that the free account is only for 5GB of storage.

If you have tried Microsoft Office Live, let us know what you think. If you have used both Google Docs and Microsoft Office Live, which do you prefer?

Comments welcome.

Office Live Skydrive is here and is free to use.

Windows Live Blog with additional information is here.