Office reinvented as a consumer cloud service
Microsoft has announced the availability of Office 2013 in West, East, Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands. Office 2013 has been designed to work with both touch and a mouse interface , and works seamlessly in the cloud giving the user an unmatched on and offline experience. A conference call held at the offices of the Microsoft with reporters and bloggers from Kenya, South Africa and Namibia, served as a platform for launching the new software package.
“Office 2013 makes the end user more productive in both work and home environment,” says Marc Israel, Office Division Group Lead for Microsoft West, East and Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands. “With Office you can continue working offline, while the integration with cloud technologies allows you to sync your documents seamlessly allowing you to be far more productive.”
Office 365 Home Premium, one of the offerings within Office 2013, is a cloud service designed for busy households and people juggling ever-increasing work and family responsibilities. Speaking during the worldwide launch of Office 365 Home Premium on January 29 this year, Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft highlighted that this marks the next big step in Microsoft’s transformation to a devices and services business. “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,” he said.
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. Now, 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.
Office Home & Student 2013, Home & Business 2013, Professional 2013 and Office 365 Home Premium are available as of March 19th in all Microsoft resellers and retailers across West, East, Central Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. All editions come with a DVD with the exception of Office 365 Home Premium that requires a download from office website.
Office 365 Home Premium is available in 162 markets in 21 languages and includes the following: The latest and most 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.