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Microsoft stops hiding Office’s free online edition

The web version of Microsoft Office is quite nice — we happily named it to our list of the 50 best sites of 2013, TIME reports. It also has an oddly low profile. Microsoft hasn’t done much to promote its existence — or, actually, even make it easy to find. Until now. Today, the company’s changing the name of the service from “Office Web Apps” to the more straightforward “Office Online.” More important, it’s redone Office.com to put the web editions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint front and center. You can’t miss ‘em. (As before, you can also get to them from the web storage service now known as OneDrive.) Office Online is one of the few outposts of the Office empire that’s free. For the most part, Microsoft wants you to pay for a subscription to Office 365, which is the only way to get access to the iPhone and Android versions of the suite…

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