Microsoft Office 365

Office 365 goes live

Office 365 goes live

Microsoft's Office 365 Home Premium has gone up for sale, with the cloud-centric productivity suite launching in 162 markets ahead of its business counter part's arrival next month. The new subscription-based Office Home Premium version is priced at $99.99 per year for use on five computers - including PCs, Macs, and Windows tablets - and includes access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access, together with an extra chunk of SkyDrive storage.

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Office 365 retail packaging makes an appearance in Future Shop listing

Office 365 retail packaging makes an appearance in Future Shop listing

Many consumers have been waiting patiently to hear more about Office 365's release date, but so far Microsoft has remained quiet on the matter. Who needs Microsoft, though, when retailers seem to be able to let slip release details with stunning frequency? As spotted by Neowin.net, listings for Office 365 have appeared on Canadian retailer Future Shop's website, and they not only give us a look at the software's retail packaging, but they also gives us an idea of when copies will begin shipping.

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Microsoft isn’t worried about Google stealing its Office customers

Microsoft isn’t worried about Google stealing its Office customers

Yesterday, we heard that Google is planning to steal away a significant amount of Microsoft Office's consumer base. Those aspirations likely won't come as much of a surprise, as we've seen Google attempting to grow its influence in the business space for a while, but apparently the big G isn't yet at a point where Microsoft is worried. Despite the fact that Google said it's going to try to take 90% of the Office customers who "don’t need to have the most advanced features of Office," Microsoft's general manager of business Julia White doesn't view Google as much of a threat.

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Office 2013 receives RTM status

Office 2013 receives RTM status

The engineering team over at Microsoft just signed Office 2013 into its Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build. As of now, the coding and testing phases for the application are complete, and it is being moved into distribution. According to Microsoft, it is the most ambitious version of the Office suite to date, and is the first to be optimized for touch devices.

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Yammer to remain free after Microsoft purchase

Yammer to remain free after Microsoft purchase

Last month we learned that Microsoft was paying a whopping $1.2 billion to acquire Yammer, a company which provides social networking tools to be used inside the business world. Being a part of Microsoft opens up a lot of opportunities for the folks at Yammer, but the acquisition has some worried that it won't be long before Yammer's services - which are initially provided for free - will require an upfront purchase. That won't be the case, Yammer CEO David Sacks tells Wired, as the company will be sticking with its "freemium" model as it becomes part of Microsoft.

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Microsoft confirms Mac Office 365 subscription details

Microsoft confirms Mac Office 365 subscription details

This week Microsoft is making sure all is clear on what's happening with the new version and subscription fees, not to mention the contents, of the Mac version of Office 365 Home Premium. This software will indeed be in a pack with the ability to acquire Office for Mac 2011 in the upcoming wave of availability for Apple lovers. This announcement comes after a mistaken quote reported across the web that Mac users would have to purchase Office for Mac 2011 separately from Office 365 Home Premium altogether.

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Microsoft Office 2013 and 365 aim for cloud supremacy

Microsoft Office 2013 and 365 aim for cloud supremacy

As both Google and Apple bring their big guns to the cloud market with Google Drive and iCloud, so too has Microsoft accepted the challenge with a cloud-connected Office 365 for both PCs and tablets. Utilizing their undeniably popular Office suite with Office 2013 as well as web-based versions of apps in Office 365, Microsoft has at once brought the Office back to the desktop (with desktop-based 365 applications) and connected it all back up to the cloud for any-machine usage. Users' Microsoft accounts are attached in the upper right-hand corner of each Office 365 application, all of it connected to SkyDrive for web-based storage.

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OneNote MX should be Microsoft’s Windows 8 content creation hub

OneNote MX should be Microsoft’s Windows 8 content creation hub

The importance of Office 2013 to Microsoft's bottom line can't be understated, and yet the company faces no small amount of ridicule amid questions of whether the productivity suite is "relevant" any longer. With Windows 8 fast approaching, and long-standing arguments over whether tablets are for content creation or merely consumption, Office or its Metro-styled MX variant for Windows RT slates hasn't necessarily proved the selling point Microsoft may have hoped it might. The company already has that wildcard, though, and it's been fermenting away under Microsoft's nose for a decade.

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