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Word Online, Excel and Powerpoint
Most of us are familiar with Microsoft Office - indeed, most of us probably use one or more of the programs every day, whether we're sitting at a school desk, in an office chair, on a train or at home.
But how many of us know about Microsoft Office Online and the possibilities that an online version of the popular programs offers?
In this post, we tell you how it all started and about the new evolution of Microsoft Office applications.
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A game with words - Word Online
Who hasn't tried their hand at a version of Microsoft Word? The program, which must be said to be almost indispensable for many people in everyday life, was introduced in 1983 and was the first word processing program to be used with a mouse.
Today, Word is the most popular program of its kind on the market, but in fact it wasn't always in the cards. Indeed, the program was not very well received by critics when it was released in the mid-1980s, and it took a number of years before Word could sit on 80% of the word-processing market (1996).
Many people may associate Word with being part of Microsoft's own operating system - Windows - and think that the programme has probably been further developed to include the Mac. Amazingly, this is not the case: the first version of Word was released for the classic Mac OS in 1985, while the first version was released for Windows in 1989.
Since then, the program has undergone countless updates, which have given us some of the best and most useful features in Word, including autocorrect and autoformat in 1993, macros in 1997, bullet formatting in 1997, to name just a few.
All these features are of course also available in Word Online.
Get smarter with your numbers - Excel Online
If you've ever had to set up a spreadsheet on a computer, you've probably used Microsoft Excel. The hugely popular program was introduced, just after Microsoft Word, in 1985.
Like Microsoft Word, many people probably associate Excel with Windows - thinking that the program has probably been further developed for Mac operating systems. Just as with Word, however, this is not the case: Excel was released for the classic Mac OS in 1985 and only came to Windows in 1987.
Unlike Word, however, the critics of the time took a very positive view of Excel, and by the early 1990s it had already outperformed the other players in the spreadsheet market.
Since then, the program has undergone countless updates that have given us some of the best and most useful features in Excel, including autosum, macros, charts, target searches and auditing, to name just a few.
All these functions are of course also available in Excel Online.
Delicious and presentable presentations - Powerpoint Online
Did you know that Microsoft PowerPoint has been an important part of the US military since the turn of the millennium? It's probably something few of us have thought about when we've made school presentations, business presentations or set up a slide show with various holiday photos.
Unlike Word and Excel, PowerPoint is not developed by Microsoft. Instead, it was developed by the technology company Forethought Inc and subsequently acquired by Microsoft in 1987.
What PowerPoint has in common with both Word and Excel, however, is that it was also developed for the Mac operating system first (in 1987) and only released for Windows three years later (in 1990).
The original purpose of the program was to produce sheets for overhead projectors. However, this soon evolved into videos for digital projectors, which could completely replace the sheets for ordinary overhead projectors.
PowerPoint quickly became popular: in the early 1990s it had a market share of 78%, while by the end of the 1990s it had risen to as much as 95%.
In fact, it was so popular that it moved from its original intended audience of professionals to other mainstream communication contexts from the mid-1990s.
Since its creation, the program has undergone countless updates that have given us some of the best and most useful features in Microsoft PowerPoint, including autocorrect, macros and slideshows, to name just a few.
All these features are of course also available in Office Online.
Today, when more of our activities than ever are conducted over the Internet and on mobile devices, it is incredibly easy and convenient that Microsoft has developed cloud versions of the popular Office applications: Word Online, Excel Online and PowerPoint Online, so that users worldwide can use the applications on the go, on the couch, or wherever they want via their mobile devices and possibly link the documents to a desktop version at a later date.
Smart, huh? While this may seem like a new development, it's not. Word and Excel were already released as apps for Windows phones in the late 90s. PowerPoint came later, and in 2013 all the applications were released in app format for iPhone and Android, for iPad in 2014 and for Android tablets in 2015.
Since apps are for mobile devices, they don't include all the features of desktop versions. However, it's great that you can now link your work in the online version to the desktop version. Both versions are fully compatible with each other.
A summary - a sea of possibilities
Over the years, the popular Microsoft Office programs, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint, have undergone a major transformation - but most importantly, all three programs have established themselves as market leaders in their respective fields.
The latest kid on the block, Office Online, offers a wealth of options that meet the expectations and demands we place on today's applications - they need to be portable, easy to use and, most importantly, allow us to collaborate with our colleagues, study group, friends or family members.
For example, working in Word has never been easier than it is with Word Online today.
Uniquely, the online and offline versions of the popular programmes are linked. This allows you to: collaborate in real time on Office Online, edit documents via the different apps, download and take documents offline in the regular desktop version, invite and control who has editing rights on documents and much more.
If you have an Onlime account, you automatically have free access to Office Online - so go ahead!