So you’re away from your school desktop computer, you need to edit a page you need for your class first thing in the morning, and all you have available is wi-fi and a tablet or a laptop that doesn’t have Word installed?
Or perhaps (like me) you’ve fished that flash drive out of a pants pocket after a washer or dryer cycle for the last time, and you just don’t want to take that chance any more?
Never fear, SkyDrive is here! Microsoft SkyDrive and the Office Web Apps have been around for quite a while, but they really only worked with certain browsers & devices. The latest update to SkyDrive and Office Web Apps allow them to be accessed by mobile devices, like Android phones and tablets and any iOS device, like an iPad, iPodTouch, or iPhone, running iOS6.
Microsoft Office Web Apps are “light” versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, that run in a Web browser, like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.
Please note: On iPad, the SkyDrive app simply lets you manage files, but not create or edit documents. Access Office Web Apps through a browser like Safari instead.
SkyDrive and Office Web Apps are completely free and always available to you anywhere you have Internet access. In fact, if you already have a Hotmail account, you probably already have a free account with 7GB of storage already, including free pared-down versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, too!
Watch this 14-minute video to learn how SkyDrive and Office Web Apps work together.
The great part about these tools is that you can share files with others and collaboratively edit the documents simultaneously. This has been a feature enjoyed by Google Docs (now Google Drive) users for quite a while – now it will be built-in to Office files no matter where you go or what device you want to use. These would be great tools to help kids collaborate on documents for group reports, etc., anywhere, anytime. Here’s an older video that shows just how to do that: