I’ve told you before how you can use Microsoft Office for free in your browser. Since this is browser-based it works with PC, Mac, & Linux.

Office Online offers the ability to read, create and edit Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote documents. Just log onto Outlook.com with a Microsoft account and start working. If you have an Outlook.com, HotMail, MSN or LiveMail address, you already have an account. If not, it only takes a few minutes to create one.

Your account also comes with 5GB of cloud storage in OneDrive. Of course, the downside is that it is cloud-based. So you will need an Internet connection to work. The upside is that since it’s cloud-based, you can open it on any computer. These are fully-functional Office documents that you can save to your computer and that will open in other versions of Office. Another upside is that there’s a great, free extension for Google Chrome that makes it super-easy to access.

Once installed, you only need click at icon at the top-right of your browser to open the Office programs.

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Click here to go to the Chrome web store. Then click on Add to Chrome.

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Once installed, click the Office icon at the top right of your browser to access.

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The first time you use, you’ll need to sign in to your Microsoft account.

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Click on the program in the menu to launch.  You’ll have access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, as well as your OneDrive cloud storage and the Outlook web interface. The online programs are pretty full-featured and should be more than enough for most home users.

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