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Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Microsoft unveils cloud-based Office

Microsoft has introduced a new Office, the new version will see documents saved on Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud storage service by default.

Microsoft will sell the next version of its Office productivity suite under a subscription model to users as part of its continued moves to a cloud-based version of the software.

Under a revitalised strategy unveiled last night, the software giant will sell most versions of its Office 2010 successor under the existing Office 365 cloud software-as-a-service moniker in what chief executive Steve Ballmer labelled primarily “a cloud service”.

The new software will see documents saved on Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud storage service by default while allowing subscribers to access applications on internet-connected Windows PCs in 'streaming' mode. Users can also 'roam' onto other PCs while retaining access to customised user profiles, dictionaries and templates.

The suite is split into three editions, all including updated versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access.

Office 365 Home Premium features 20 GB of SkyDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype minutes for worldwide calling. The Office 365 Small Business Premium includes shared calendars, business-grade email service, website development tools and high-definition video conferencing.

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