New consumer cloud service works across devices to help busy people simplify their lives and get more done
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — 30 Jan, 2013 — Today, Microsoft Australia announced the 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 service includes the latest and most complete set of Office applications; works across up to five Windows tablets, PCs and Macs; and comes with extra SkyDrive storage and Skype calling – all for a recommended retail price of $119.00 AUD for an annual subscription, the equivalent of $9.92 AUD per month.
“Office 365 Home Premium is the most ambitious version of Office ever released. This isn’t just another version of Office. This is Office reinvented as a cloud service,” said Oscar Trimboli, director, Microsoft Office Division. “With Windows 8, new Windows Phones and the new Office, it’s a new era at Microsoft.”
Microsoft will 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.
Simultaneously, Microsoft today released Office 365 University for university students, faculty and staff at a recommended retail price of just $99.00 AUD for a four year subscription – the equivalent of $2.06 AUD per month. The company also released updated versions of the traditional Office suites – Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013, and Office Professional 2013.
The traditional packaged Office suites – Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013, and Office Professional 2013 will be available for purchase at retail for RRP $169, $299 and $599 respectively.
“Today more than ever we lead noisy, busy lives. It’s a constant struggle to find a balance between work and home,” said Oscar Trimboli, director, Microsoft Office Division. “Microsoft’s new Office 365 Home Premium provides us with the right tools to be more productive and efficient by making it easier than ever to manage our projects, stay connected, organised, and personalise our lives.”
Time to Do the Things You Want 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 organising 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.
Office 365 Home Premium includes:
- 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 on up to five Windows tablets, PCs or Macs, and get Office on Demand from any Internet-connected PC.
- 20 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage – nearly 3x the amount available with a free SkyDrive account.
- 60 free Skype world calling minutes per month to call mobiles, landlines or PCs around the world3.
- All future upgrades while the subscription is maintained – 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.
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3Skype world minutes not available in all countries. Calls to select countries.