Microsoft Give Office Suite Away For Free, Move Set To Hurt Telstra

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As Telstra moves to grow their Office 365 business by charging small business up to $13 a month rental for the popular Office package, a search of the web has revealed that Microsoft is giving Office applications including Word, Excel and Outlook away for free under a different name.

Telstra who has the right to bundle the Microsoft Office 365 Suite is also charging $65 a month for access to the Microsoft Dynamics CRM package the only problem is that small business has to take out a minimum of five licenses a month.

Significantly superior to the Sales Force CRM package, Microsoft is believed to be looking at bundling their Dynamics CRM capability into an Office 365 package.

The free version which is designed to take on Google Docs is being marketed as Office Web Apps, it is available from within the Web interface for One Drive that use to be called SkyDrive.

All you have to do to get access to the free software is go to OneDrive and click the Create dropdown at the top of the page to see options for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. 

You’re presented with a landing page with modern tile-style buttons to launch Word, Outlook, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Excel. You can also access templates from the Microsoft Office web site.

When you click on one of the Office app buttons you get access to the same documents found in the Telstra paid Office suite and like Google Docs users can easily create documents and save them.
A toolbar which lists all the online Office apps, lets you switch among various Office applications. 

Telstra has not said whether they will keep charging for the Office suite of applications, currently Telstra charge customers $5.60 a month for the basic Office package despite the same suite being available for free online. 
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