Photo - Microsoft Malaysia staff demonstrate the new Office on different devices.
The launch of refreshed versions of its Office product, including its new subscription-based Office 365 Home Premium with added collaboration features, will help to simplify daily life for Malaysians, according to technology solutions giant Microsoft.
Microsoft Malaysia chief marketing & operating officer Danny Ong organised a demonstration on different devices of the new Office's portability by company staff on the streets around the Kuala Lumpur City Centre complex during the announcement.
"This is exactly the type of scenario we envisioned," said Ong. "We wanted to demonstrate to consumers and business executives that this isn't just another version of Office. This is Office reinvented as a cloud service."
"Together with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, the new Office provides the most complete offering that complements the dynamic nature of most working Malaysians, thereby allowing them to manage their work-life balance more effectively," he said, citing a Forrester finding that more than 50 percent of information workers now use three or more devices at work. "In addition, 60 percent of these devices are used for both work and personal purposes."
"The demand for technology to help people manage life is colliding with the need for employers to help them to do so securely and privately," said Ong. "Technology should eliminate hassles and make sharing of ideas and information easier."
Microsoft also announced today the launch of Office 365 University for college students, faculty and staff and updated versions of the traditional Office suites - Office Home & Student 2013, Office Home & Business 2013, and Office Professional 2013.
"A big differentiator of Office 365 Home Premium is its subscription service model, which comes with cloud-connected capabilities," said Ong. "It includes a one-licence-for-the-entire-household model (up to five PCs or Macs and on mobile devices), 27 GB (gigabytes) of cloud storage with SkyDrive (20 GB more than the perpetual licence user), as well as 60 free Skype world calling minutes per month - so calls can be made to selected mobile, landline or PCs around the world."
"Users will also get ongoing product and services upgrades for as long as they are subscribed to the service," he said. "For Office 365 subscribers, this means 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."
"With Office 365 Home Premium, home users can now leverage the many added benefits and features available with the subscription service," said Ong. " It comes with the most complete set of Office applications, which you can access seamlessly across multiple devices, it integrates information from Facebook and LinkedIn so you're always connected with at-a-glance contact information, availability, status updates and activity feeds, and your data and personal information is constantly safe with its incorporated security measures such as data loss prevention, malware protection, compliance management, and flexible deployment options across on-premises and in the cloud."
"With Office 365 University, one single user will get the same cloud-connected benefits of Office 365 Home Premium, but for a four-year subscription on up to two PCs or Macs and select mobile devices," he said.
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