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Microsoft Releases Office 365 Home Premium

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  1. Cristian_25H

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    Microsoft Corp. today 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 -- all for US$99.99 for an annual subscription, the equivalent of US$8.34 per month.

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    "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."

    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.

    "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."

    Simultaneously, Microsoft today released Office 365 University for college or university students, faculty and staff at a price of just US$79.99 for a four-year subscription -- the equivalent of US$1.67 per month. Globally, the company also released updated versions of the traditional Office suite: Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013 and Office Professional 2013. Office 365 for businesses will be released globally with new capabilities on Feb. 27.

    Time to Do the Things You Want
    In a recent global survey, nearly 60 percent of people said they don't have the time to do the things they want to do, and more than 80 percent 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 virtually anywhere and find the flexibility to do the things they want.

    "Between kids and career, I'm never completely at home or completely at work -- and thanks to technology, that suits me just fine," said Jen Singer , an author, blogger and mom of two teen boys. "With Office 365 Home Premium, I can work around my kids' schedules, so I can drive the soccer carpool, coordinate errands while at a doctor's office and still hit my deadlines at work. 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 (http://www.office.com/timeto365), a new crowd-sourced website where people can find and share tips, tricks, ideas and inspiration from around the world. Contributors include experts such as "techorating" pro Janna Robinson (http://www.jannarobinson.com) and everyday working parents who have found ways to simplify their lives. 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.

    About Office 365 Home Premium
    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
    ● An additional 20 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage, nearly three times the amount available with a free SkyDrive account
    ● 60 free Skype world calling minutes per month to call mobile phones, landlines or PCs around the world
    ● Future upgrades, so you always use the latest time-saving technology

    People can learn more about Office 365 Home Premium or try it free for 30 days at http://www.office.com.
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    Wow, M$ is pretty damn smart. They know most enterprises and businesses will upgrade their office every 3-4 years, so they make it a subscription service only, which in essence, wipes out a large percentage of piracy options for the software.
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    They are still going to sell the standalone versions of Office if you don't want to use the cloud service.
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    Yea, I think this will be a great for MS. :toast:
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    Autodesk started doing the same thing in 2003/2004, stock went ballistic when income stream both increased and became more reliable.
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    yet autodesk is still the easiest to pirate CAD branch... AutoDesk CAD, AutoDesk Inventor, and AutoDesk 3DSMax I admit to having pirated in the past when i need to do cad homework but didn't have software at home. its literally run a keygen and use the cd key 000-6969-6969-6969.... doesn't get much more difficult then that, the keygen does the rest...

    my point is if someone wants it they will find a way, or someone else will for them
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    Microsoft Office 2013 Now Available For Purchase

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    Agree.

    We used to call China the one-disc nation, lol. It's pirated a lot, mainly because it costs so damn much. With the online validation code and registration in newer versions, it's probably not so easy to crack a disc, but then getting a pre-cracked disc is probably pretty simple.
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    What exactly is your point?

    Anyway I think this is a pretty good deal actually. With more and more stuff going to a subscription model (music and movies etc) it makes sense. And 5 installs on anything is not to be sneezed at.
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    i was just simply pointing out that he made it sound like subscription was a solution to pirating and the example he gave is in fact very easy to pirate and crack so I was just rebutting his point by stating in fact how easy it is to pirate even subscription services like autodesk
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    The student edition of Office 365 is something I think I'll definitely be taking advantage of. 80 bucks nets me 4 years of the 365 subscription. If history is anything to go by (and it usually is) there'll be a whole new version of Office released 2-3 years into that cycle and I'll be upgraded automatically.

    Definitely picking that up when I get home from work.
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    Might have to fit that in my budget also.
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    A lot of workplaces offer a very nice Home Use Package, like mine has the 2013 Professional Plus for $10 (retail $399) but only can purchase one time per my work email (nice to have good co-workers ... lol)

    When Office 2003 and 2010 came out I did the same and I had no issues
    I wish my company would do the same for OS software
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    definitely need to try this out... curious to see how it would work with macros
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    Good move though, as usual, it's 10 Euro per month over here, 100 for a year. Can't understand Microsoft policy. Poorer countries, way higher price. Wonder why some use illegal stuff.
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    Been running the trial version for a couple of months, and it's the best Office since 2003. Very streamlined, very efficient. The ribbon isn't a cluster like it has been the last few editions... it really is an awesome suite.
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    Where do you live? It most likely is becsuse of taxes. People really have to stop comparing EU prices with US prices.
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    Where do you actually purchase the Office 365?
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    That information is available in the article. (above)

    Microsoft looked at how much money Blizzard was making off of the WoW subscription model.
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    I'm in Romania which is part of EU but average income is way lower than in Western Europe and we have our own currency. I can understand the taxes but when Steam and Microsoft use a conversion rate of 1Euro=1Dollar I doubt it's the taxes. Never mind, I understood long ago that what in US is 100$ over here is also 100... but Euro. What I don't understand is why they don't offer better prices and a different approach towards countries where illegal software is widespread.
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    In sweden (and uk) 1$ = 1€ makes sense. But you have a good point about different prices in different countries.
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    For example, for Windows 8 Pro upgrade Microsoft did the right conversion and then some, pricing it at 29.99 Euro versus the US edition at 39.99$. It was a very good deal and I bought a license.
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    Someone really needs to convince me with strong arguments why should we update from version 2007 for example...
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    Yeah ^^ I want to see some OFF2013 user comments not blablabla

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