freitasm:jonb:freitasm: Yes, the "Office 365" throws me into "cloud mode" because of the branding. Too confusing having two different product lines with same name.
Same here.. 365 has been heavily branded as the 'cloud' service up until now.
Wow. Steve Balmer just complicated things. This is the official press release:
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.”
What "cloud benefits"? Additional Skydrive storage and Skype minutes?
The Cloud Services here means SkyDrive and Office on Demand cloud services
Office on Demand lets you use your Office applications on PCs that don't have Office installed on them or that are running older versions of Office, for example a PC in the library, at a business centre, or one that you borrowed from a friend. The applications are streamed to the PC instead of being permanently installed on it. Streaming speed depends on Internet connectivity speed. Once you close the applications, they are no longer available to other users of that PC. Documents you save to SkyDrive will also no longer be available to other users, unless you saved them locally on the computer. You can use Office on Demand on a PC that is connected to the Internet and running Windows 7 or later.
Office also installs and keeps itself up to date using Click-to-Run, a streaming technology that lets you begin to use Office applications before installation is complete. All versions of the new Office use Click-to-Run.