There has always been a lot of ambiguity among users regarding Office Online and Office 365. Actually, these services are complementary for anyone with an OneDrive account. Although, a large part of the Office 365 is free for the users, they can upgrade to a paid version for more features and ads free experience. On the other hand, Office Online can be seen as the Microsoft’s version of Google Docs. Popularly known as Office Web Apps, Office Online is a bundle of essential tools like Word, Excel, One Note and PowerPoint. The Online Excel has the amazing Excel Survey feature, which allows you to collect data directly within the sheet. User can also access Outlook Online which is hosted separately.
The apps’ interfaces are almost identical to their offline counterparts, with a slimmed-down ribbon and a generous range of fonts. Familiar tools such as highlighting, preset styles and even right-to-left text have survived the hop to the web, and each app includes a full range of context-sensitive menus on a right-click.
All of this makes it easy to put together a good-looking document (or pick up where you left off on the desktop).
However, anyone used to the power features in Excel or Word will be frustrated. For example, the Data tab in Excel Online is limited to sorting data in ascending or descending order.
PowerPoint is limited to four transition styles between slides, with no pre-created templates.
As with Google Drive, you need to be online to use Office Online. Nothing is saved locally, although Microsoft does provide 25GB of free online storage.
Office Online works perfectly on the iPad, which is useful, since Microsoft hasn’t got around to shipping a tablet suite for anything other than the Surfaces.
Oddly, Android tablet users can only view their files via Chrome, rather than edit them, although Microsoft promises that a fix is coming. In the meantime, iPhone and Android users can create and edit documents using the free Office Mobile for Office 365 Subscribers apps.
Sharing your work is a breeze. You can either email invites or copy a link to your work into a regular message, and specify which rights the recipients have (edit or read-only), and whether or not they must log in with a Microsoft account. You can also embed read-only versions of a file in a web page, which anyone can view without a password or Microsoft ID.
The collaborative editing tools are slick and responsive, with the cursor position updating for each user in real-time.
While Office 365 can be a great tool for individuals, the Office Online is an essential tool for organisations. Office Online is being seen as one of the best way to boost teamwork and productivity in your company. A large percentage of the Fortune 500 companies have already accepted it as an indivisible part of their work atmosphere. If you wish to know more about how Office Online can help your business, you can get in touch with us. Cyquent LLC is the official licencing partner of Microsoft in Dubai and has helped in creating a customized dashboard for many companies.