Microsoft Philippines releases new Office to help Filipinos transform the way they work

Get things done at home, school and work through any device, anytime and anywhere.


(From the left Kelsey Hartigan-Go, Aziza Mondoñedo , Gabriel Villanueva, Karrie Ilagan, Janice Crisostomo-Villanueva, Tovia Va’aelua)


February 5, 2013, Manila, Philippines, — Microsoft Philippines announced today the availability of the New Office, a reinvention of the company’s flagship Office product line for consumers, education and businesses.

The new Office is a cloud service designed for the modern day users whose devices used for work and play have merged. It provides the latest and most complete set of Office applications such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, among others.

The Office 365 Home Premium comes with extra SkyDrive capacity (Microsoft’s free online storage), and 60 minutes of free Skype world minutes. Priced at 3,499 SRP, the Office 365 Home Premium is available through one-year subscription which customers may now install for a total of 10 devices (five PCs & five tablets).

“Today, we mark the next big step in Microsoft’s transformation to devices and services, as we introduce and take you to your modern office—an Office that goes beyond the four corners of a room, an Office that is accessible wherever you are,” said Karrie Ilagan, Managing Director, Microsoft Philippines. “This is Office re-imagined as a cloud service with all the full-featured Office applications people know and love, together with impressive new cloud and social benefits built for the modern day consumer.”

Microsoft also announced it will now deliver many new features and services to the cloud, 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.

The next exciting launch from Microsoft Philippines is the Office 365 Cloud services for the Enterprise and Education in the middle of this year. This means that organizations are able to take full advantage of the multiple options available to them to keep their productivity solutions whether within their own premises, with local Hosting Partners, with Microsoft Office 365 services or, a combination of all. All this aims to deliver the Cloud services as well as our traditional solutions on the customer’s terms.

The adoption of Office 365 reached educational institutions as well—which also builds on free social and productivity services available to Filipinos today with email on, storage on SkyDrive and voice and video calling through Skype.

Transforming the way you work

“The new Microsoft Office allows you to get things done at home, school and work through any device, anytime and anywhere,” said Tovia Va’aelua, Microsoft Office Division Lead, Microsoft Philippines. “Before, Office used to belong to your machine now it belongs to you and works across all your devices.”

Kelsey Hartigan-Go, former VP of De La Salle University’s IT Department and the current CIO of SM Prime Holdings, shared that the capabilities of how the New Office has successfully helped increase the productivity of his businesses. “Microsoft has helped strengthen our IT infrastructure with the New Office and this has been very helpful in the growth of our business. Aside from Office, we have been using Microsoft productivity solutions such as Lync, Exchange and SharePoint. We are excited about the New Office because it offers mobility, cloud and control features built for the enterprise.”

Microsoft Student Ambassador Gabriel Villanueva from Treston International College shared his experience with the New Office, explaining how it helps him with long documents and even on his thesis. He said, “The New Office Word application has helped me a lot as both a student and a young blogger. The New Word enables me to focus on the right section of the document so that I can go to the desired chapter or outline of my thesis without navigating through all the pages. In effect, reading long documents has become an even more enjoyable and hassle-free experience with the New Office.”

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. The New Office is designed to help people be more productive from virtually anywhere and find the flexibility to do the things they want. Since the New Office is a cloud-connected you can now access your foiles on the go through the built in capability of SkyDrive, Microsoft’s free online storage. Thus, allowing users to be mobile and more productive.

“As a mom and entrepreneur, I’m never completely at home or completely at work,” shares Janice Crisostomo-Villanueva, Microsoft Office and Windows Ambassador and founder of and Mercato. “The New Office allows me to work around my kids’ schedules so I can coordinate errands while at their school functions and still hit my deadlines at work. The New Office has transformed the way I live.”

Likewise, the New Office was built for the dynamics of the Enterprise, where users will have more control on how they deploy this to their companies. The New Office builds on its prior successes of security, control and management.

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 PC2
  • 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 PCsaround the world3
  • 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

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    About Microsoft

    Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

    Microsoft Philippines, the local subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, has been constantly bringing innovation and making its technology available to Filipino businesses and individuals since 1995. As a committed and trusted partner in nation-building, Microsoft Philippines has made it its mission to fuel growth and healthy communities, as well as transform locally-based businesses and empower them to compete in the global economy.

    AngatPinoy, AngatNegosyo. AngatPilipinas.

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    Jonica Pena
    Marketing & Corporate Communications Manager, Microsoft Philippines

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    Ogilvy Public Relations
    0917-8744893 / 0917-8744965 / 0917-5363939 / /

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