Microsoft reinvents Office 365 as a consumer cloud service


Kochi: Microsoft has announced the availability of Office 365 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 most complete set of Office applications; works across five PCs/Macs plus five mobile devices; and comes with extra SkyDrive storage.

“This isn’t just another version of Office. This is Office reinvented as a consumer cloud service,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft Corp. “Together with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, Office 365 gives you the freedom to do things when and how you want.”
Microsoft also announced it will now deliver many new features and services to the cloud first, transforming the company’s traditional three-year release cycle. Now, new features and services stream to subscribers as soon as they’re ready, eliminating the hassles of upgrading and keeping subscribers always up-to-date.
“This is a major leap forward,” said Ramkumar Pichai, GM – Microsoft Office Division, Microsoft India.  “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.”
Office 365 Home Premium will be available for purchase in India at an annual subscription of Rs.4,199/-. Simultaneously, Microsoft also announced in India the availability of the updated FPP version of its traditional Office suite for consumers – Office Home and Student 2013. Office 365 Home Premium is now available in 162 markets in 21 languages and comes with the latest and most complete set of Office applications – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access.

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