Jan 30, 2013

Microsoft Office 365 now available to customers
Microsoft Corporation on Wednesday said Office 365 is now available for consumers, a reinvention of the company’s flagship Office product line.

Families can now subscribe to Office 365 Home Premium, which includes the latest and complete set of Office applications — works across five PCs/ Macs plus five mobile devices — and comes with extra SkyDrive storage.

The Office 365 Home Premium will be available at an annual subscription of Rs 4,199. Simultaneously, Microsoft also announced the availability of the updated FPP version of its traditional Office suite for consumers — Office Home and Student 2013.

The company had launched the product for enterprise users in June 2011.

“This isn’t just another version of Office. This is Office reinvented as a consumer cloud service. Together with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, Office 365 gives you the freedom to do things when and how you want,” Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft said.

The company also announced it will now deliver many new features and services to the cloud first, transforming the company’s traditional three-year release cycle.

Consumers can now get the new features and services as soon as they’re ready, eliminating the hassle of upgrading and keeping subscribers up-to-date.

“It’s a service designed to help you manage the tasks of your work and home life, wherever you are, whenever you need, online or offline. Also, it’s a perfect fit for busy families and individuals who can connect multiple devices with a single subscription,” Ramkumar Pichai, General Manager - Microsoft Office Division, Microsoft India said.

The new software is available in 162 markets in 21 languages. People can also learn more about Office 365 Home Premium or try it free for 30 days at www.office.com, the company said.

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