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Microsoft launches Office 365 for consumers

Posted on Jan 30, 04:04PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Jan 30 : IT major Microsoft Corporation on Tuesday announced the availability of Office 365 for consumers, a reinvention of the company's flagship Office product line.

Office 365 Home Premium is a cloud service designed for busy households and it is now available in 162 markets in 21 languages.

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.

"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 INR 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.

In a recent global survey, nearly 60pc of people said they don't have the time to do the things they want to do, and more than 80pc said they could save one or more hours a day if they were better organized.

Office 365 Home Premium is designed to help people be more productive from anywhere and find the flexibility to do the things they want.

"Between kids and career, I am never completely at home or completely at work - and thanks to technology, that suits me just fine," said Dr. Navita Singh, a well-known Dentist from North Delhi.

"With Office 365 Home Premium, I can work around my kids' schedules, coordinate household shopping, and still meet my deadlines at the clinic. And, with one subscription for everyone in my family, it's an absolute steal."