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Microsoft's free Office Web Apps now available via SkyDrive

Got a SkyDrive account? If not, you should get one. It's 25GB of free storage -- which you can map to a local drive on your computer -- and the only limitation is files can't exceed 50MB each. That makes it a perfect place to store photos, music -- and Office files.

And now, it's also a great place to edit and create Office files. Yes, Microsoft's free Office Web Apps are now integrated into SkyDrive. Sign in to your SkyDrive, mouse over the New menu, and choose what you want to create. In addition to the trio of Word, Excel, and Power, you can also create a new OneNote notebook. Here's hoping Microsoft (or some ambitious developer) puts together a clipping bookmarklet which allows us to send content directly to notebooks stored in SkyDrive.

If you haven't tried out Office Live's apps yet because you're worried you'll have to use Internet Explorer, fear not! They work just fine in Google Chrome, Firefox, and Opera (even on Linux).

Office Live and SkyDrive are an excellent pairing, but I can't wait to get my hands on the updated Live Sync once Wave 4 rolls out later this summer. For someone like me who needs only basic Office functionality but wants access to files everywhere, it should be a wicked combination.

[via The Windows Blog]
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