Microsoft Corp. has announced worldwide availability of Office 365 Home Premium, a reinvention of the company’s flagship Office product line for consumers.
Office 365 Home Premium is a cloud service designed for busy households and people juggling ever-increasing work and family responsibilities. The new offering includes the latest and most complete set of Office applications; works across up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs and Macs; and comes with extra SkyDrive storage and Skype calling.
“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 so much more than just another release of Office. 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.”
Office 365 Home Premium is available in 162 markets in 21 languages. It's available in New Zealand for NZ$ 165 a year and includes the following:
• A complete set of Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access
• One license for the entire household to use Office on up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs or Macs, and Office on Demand available from any Internet-connected PC
• An additional 20 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage
• 60 free Skype world calling minutes per month to call mobile phones, landlines or PCs around the world
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. New features and services stream to subscribers as soon as they are ready, keeping subscribers always up to date while eliminating the hassles of upgrading.
“This is a major leap forward,” said Kurt DelBene, president of the Microsoft Office Division. “People’s needs change rapidly, and Office 365 Home Premium will change with them.”
Simultaneously, Microsoft today released Office 365 University for college or university students, faculty and staff at a price of just NZ$239 for a four-year subscription. Globally, the company also released updated versions of the traditional Office suite: Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013 and Office Professional 2013.
Office 365 for businesses will be released globally with new capabilities on 27th February.