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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Microsoft Office 2013 Goes Cloud

As people are now getting used to cloud and use software after downloading it, so Microsoft is planning to follow the same tradition. Now Office 2013 and Home premium will be available in cloud to download, no need to buy the DVD from a store for the same.

Microsoft says its goal is to get consumers to “subscribe” to versions of the software such as Office 365 Home Premium. It’s a $100-per-year package that lets a family run Office 2013 on up to five computing devices, including Macs, Windows Phone smartphones and Windows 8 tablets. The bundle also includes 20 gigabytes of extra storage space on SkyDrive and 60 minutes of free calls on Skype, which Microsoft acquired in 2011.

The sad news is that to avail this service users has to wait till February ending, as it may get released on Feb 27.

"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."

The company’s plan is to update Office every three months with new features meant to keep the product’s 1 billion users happy. Microsoft was keen to point out that with the cloud-based version, users will get access to any software updates straightaway. 

Advantages and services:

You can install Office 365 Home Premium on up to five computers. If you have a PC, you’ll need Windows 7 or later. Macs need OS X v10.5.8 or later.

If you’ve used all five installs and want to use Office on another computer, you can. But first you have to deactivate it on one of the first five computers.

If you’re installing on a Mac, after Office downloads, click MicrosoftOffice2011.dmg in the Downloads folder to start the installation.

Save documents online:

With this, files are saved online at and also to the SkyDrive folder on your computer, so you can work offline and your changes sync when you reconnect.


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