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Microsoft Launches Office 365 for Consumers

Source : BUSINESS_WIRE
Last Updated: Wed, Jan 30, 2013 12:00 hrs

New Delhi, Delhi, India:Today, Microsoft Corporation announced the availability of Office 365 for consumers, a reinvention of the company’s flagship Office product line. 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. Now, new features and services stream to subscribers as soon as they’re ready, eliminating the hassles of upgrading and keeping subscribers always up-to-date.

“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.

Time to Do the Things You Want

In a recent global survey, nearly 60% of people said they don’t have the time to do the things they want to do, and more than 80% 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.”

To help people find more time to do the things they want, Microsoft is introducing Time to 365 (www.office.com/timeto365), a new crowd-sourced web site where people can find and share tips, tricks, ideas and inspiration from around the world. Tips on the site include, for example, an idea for organizing your grocery list with OneNote on your phone, a pointer on how to pick the right sized TV for your living room and ways to use Office applications to help plan a child’s birthday party. While at the site, people can also enter to win prizes, including a free annual subscription to Office 365 Home Premium.

About Office 365 Home Premium

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

-- The latest and most complete set of Office applications – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access

-- One license for the entire household – use Office across five PCs/Macs plus five mobile devices, and get Office on Demand from any Internet-connected PC

-- An additional 20 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage – 3x the amount available with a free SkyDrive account

-- All future upgrades – always use the latest time-saving technology

People can learn more about Office 365 Home Premium or try it free for 30 days at www.office.com.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. Microsoft Corporation (India) Private Ltd is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, USA. It has had a presence in India since 1990 and currently has offices in nine cities - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.

Contact:
Tushar Makkar, Microsoft,

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