Microsoft has announced the release of Office 365 Home Premium, the consumer based cloud alternative to the Microsoft Office suite.
Not Enough Hours in the Day
According to a statement from the company, more and more people are finding it hard to get all they need done in a day. Quoting their own survey of about 10,000 people in 20 countries, the company said that almost 60 percent of respondents didn't have enough time to finish their work and personal projects, while 80 percent said they could improve their productivity if they were better organized.
With this in mind, Office 365 Home Premium is designed to help people be more productive and organized, no matter where they are located or what device they are using.
Today’s launch of Office 365 Home Premium marks the next big step in Microsoft’s transformation to a devices and services business,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. “This is Office reinvented as a consumer cloud service with all the full-featured Office applications people know and love, together with impressive new cloud and social benefits.”
The New and Improved Office 365
To help with the time issue, Microsoft has introduced Time to 365. It’s a site where users can communicate with each other, find tips and ideas that come from other Office 365 users. In addition to this, 365 not only comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access, but it is also compatible with Windows tablets, PCs and Macs.
Other key features include:
- A 20GB Skydrive cloud storage account.
- 60 free Skype world calling minutes per month to call mobile phones, landlines or PCs.
- Office 365 is available in 162 countries and 21 different languages.
- The ability to use one Office license for any five internet connected devices.
In addition to a 30 day trial, an Office 365 Home Premium subscription is US$ 99.99 annually.
Along with the Home Premium Edition, Microsoft has also released Office 365: University at US$ 79.99 for a four-year subscription. The newest version of Office 365 for businesses will be released on February 27th.
It's All About Microsoft
This announcement follows a string of updates for a variety of Microsoft products and services. In addition to the October launch of Windows 8, the following month SharePoint 2013 was released, while earlier this month Microsoft unveiled Office 2013 pricing details.