To compete with Google Docs, Microsoft Office 2010 web apps is free. If you want to use Microsoft Office without an internet connection you will need to purchase the offline version of the software for the usual educational price tag of around £30.
Microsoft Office Web Apps is an on-line version of Microsoft office.
So what do you/don’t you get with Office web apps?
- No Microsoft publisher
- You get limited web based versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote
- Access anywhere, any time (requires internet)
- You can upload your current existing Office 2003/2007 documents
When it comes to it, you have a few options for working with documents.
- Purchase the office suite.
- Use the free online tools by Microsoft – Microsoft Live @ Edu
- Use the free online tools by Google – Google Apps Education Edition
- Use open office (Free).
- Use educationally focused alternatives such as Glogster, Scribblar, Empressr, PrimaryPad – Each of these alternatives is specific to one job, and that job is done well. (Mostly free)
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