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You no longer need to open a bunch of browser tabs to start using online applications from Microsoft like Office Online,, and OneDrive. Today Microsoft has word of an application launcher for its myriad services for consumers, where it will be easy to start using apps at the click of a button.

The tweak follows a similar redesign for applications in the Office 365 product line.

“We’re excited to say that launching apps is now the same, whether you’re using Office 365 at work, or attending to your personal life in,” James Shields, product marketing manager for, wrote in a blog post on today’s announcement. “Consistency just makes sense!”

Under the new arrangement, it’s even possible to go from Office Online to the dedicated desktop Word app on desktop and mobile devices, according to a blog post from Matt Gauthier, an Office Online senior program manager.

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