Back in September I demonstrated How-To begin playing with Microsoft Office Web Apps during it’s technical preview by using your Microsoft Live SkyDrive online storage. Although pretty nifty, the process of saving documents up to your SkyDrive for cloud storage / sync was manual (Browser Upload Only) and not terribly easy for new / grandma users.
This has all changed with the launch of Microsoft Office 2010 Beta. With Office 2010, Microsoft has included the ability to leverage your SkyDrive cloud storage (25Gigs Free) right from inside their Core Office Suite of products including Word 2010, Excel 2010 and Powerpoint 2010. The process is VERY simple. Here, take a look at the screenshot below:
In order to use this functionality you will first need to activate your Windows Live / Hotmail account for the Office Web Apps Tech Preview. Again, I showed you how to do this a few months back but if you still have not done it, here’s another step-by-step below.
How To Activate Microsoft Office Web Apps
1. Open Microsoft Word 2010, Click File, next Click Share. Click Save to SkyDrive and then login to your Windows Live account and select the folder you would like to save your doc to. Click Save As to continue.
2. Name your .docx file and then Click Save.
3. Now open your internet browser and Visit http://skydrive.live.com. In the folder you saved the doc to, Click the document you just saved to SkyDrive.
4. The next page will give you a detailed description of the doc and allow you some functionality. Click View.
5. You’ll now be prompted to accept the Microsoft Service Agreement, give it a look over but its nothing too scary. Click Accept to finish and begin using Microsoft Office Web Apps.
Now you can enjoy web apps AND 25 gigs of storage courtesy of Microsoft with Microsoft Office 2010!