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Office 365 Home Premium is a cloud subscription service that works from anywhere across up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs and phones as well as Macs. It offers new capabilities to help busy people juggle ever-increasing work and family responsibilities.
“This isn’t just another version of Office. This is Office reinvented as a cloud service,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. “Together with the new Windows and Windows Phone, Office as a service gives you the freedom to do things when and how you want.”
Simultaneously, Microsoft today released Office 365 University for college students, faculty and staff and updated versions of the traditional Office suites – Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013, and Office Professional 2013 – globally.
Microsoft also announced they would upgrade Office 365 multiple times per year, ending the company’s traditional three-year release cycle. Office 365 Home Premium subscribers will get future updates and new capabilities automatically without any additional hassles. For example, subscribers will automatically get the new applications and upgrades when available, such as the forthcoming Office applications for Mac and as-yet unannounced capabilities.
“People’s needs change rapidly, and Office 365 Home Premium will change with them. Now, it’s a matter of months, not years, before a great new idea makes it from an engineer’s head to a customer’s hands,” said Vu Minh Tri, Microsoft Vietnam’s country manager.
The new Office is designed to help people be as productive on the go as they are at their desk and get more time to do the things they want.
“Between my kids and my career, I’m never completely at home or completely at work — and thanks to technology, that suits me just fine,” said Pham Hong Phuoc, IT Consultant. “With Office 365 Home Premium, I can work around my kids’ schedules, so I can drive the soccer carpool, coordinate errands with my husband while I’m waiting in a doctor’s office, and still hit my deadlines at work. In fact, it’s often easier for me to catch-up during these ‘in-between’ moments by using Office 365 on a tablet or phone and accessing everything from SkyDrive.”
To help people find more time to do the things they want, Microsoft is introducing Time to 365 (www.office.com/timeto365), a new crowd-sourced web site where people can get tips, tricks, ideas and inspiration from around the world.
Microsoft introduced Office 365 to business customers in June 2011. Today, the company disclosed new details on their progress in the cloud, sharing that 20 per cent of their enterprise customers are using Office 365. In addition, the pace of growth is accelerating with twice as many people signing up in the last quarter compared to a year ago.
“Office 365 is the fastest growing business product in Microsoft history, and we’re not slowing down,” said Tri Vu.
Office 365 for businesses will be updated with new capabilities, currently available as part of a customer preview, on February 27.