Microsoft has at last released their latest iteration of their Office suite. However Office is changing, a lot. The latest version is not how you would expect it to be.
Microsoft is now charging users annually to use Microsoft Office and it will be named only Microsoft Office 365. It’s a huge change which may take customers by surprise. It’s no doubt a good money making move for Microsoft because they’ll be charging annually, instead of just a one off fee. However users aren’t limited to installing Office on one machine like before, when you sign up for Office 365, you can download it on up to 5 different computers. All your files can then be synced across all your computers, something which was not possible before.
This is Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s own iCloud service which lets you sync documents too.
When you go into shops you won’t find DVD’s anymore, but product codes. So when you get home you just enter it in and you download it. No installing it from a disc. DVD’s will still be able to emerging markets though, markets where internet isn’t widely available or just not up to the speeds we have in developed countries like the UK and US.
When you purchase Office 365 you will get the following software: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. You’ll also get 20GB of additional SkyDrive space where you can store all your documents. This should be more than enough for most. Weirdly you get 60 minutes of Skype credit too, I guess this is to promote the use of Skype since Microsoft bought the company.
Prices start at $99.99 and goes all the way up to $399.99 which includes all the software available in Office 365.
You can head over to the Office site to purchase it now. You also get 1 month free so you can try it out.
Now all people are waiting for are Android and iOS versions of Office.