With the launch of Windows 8 right around the corner and the new pricing scheme of the Office 2013 suite, Microsoft has now announced that the web version of its Office 2013 suite is now available and live through SkyDrive. We’ve been able to edit and create Office documents from within SkyDrive for a while now, but today is the first day we can use the 2013 version of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
The Word 2013 Web App offers higher-quality graphics and images along with an improved layout. You can now add and view comments. The Web version also provides new tools for page layout and images and a word count status.
The Excel 2013 Web App now lets you merge cells, autofit columns, and “AutoSum” your figures. Other features includes the handy fill handle, formula assistance, and 3D charts.
The new PowerPoint Web App supports audio and video playback on a PC, tablet, or phone. You can also insert videos, add transitions and animations, and apply any theme to your presentation. And multiple users can add their own comments and appear as co-authors.
Finally, the OneNote 2013 Web App lets you search for items on an entire page or within a single section. You can click anywhere on the page to add a note, image, or tag. And your notes can appear on the Web through a viewable URL for PC, phone, and tablet users.
SkyDrive is available with any Microsoft Account (Outlook.com, Live, Hotmail). There are apps to let you sync files between computers, tablets, and phones which work similar to Google Drive and Dropbox.