Microsoft Releases Office 365 Home Premium

                  Microsoft Releases Office 365 Home Premium

New consumer cloud service works across devices to help busy people simplify
their lives and get more done.

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Jan. 29, 2013

NEW YORK, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. today announced
worldwide 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 offering includes
the latest and most complete set of Office applications; works across up to
five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs and Macs; and comes with extra
SkyDrive storage and Skype calling -- all for US$99.99 for an annual
subscription, the equivalent of US$8.34 per month.

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"Today's launch of Office 365 Home Premium marks the next big step in
Microsoft's transformation to a devices and services business," said Steve
Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. "This is so much more than just another release of
Office. This is Office reinvented as a consumer cloud service with all the
full-featured Office applications people know and love, together with
impressive new cloud and social benefits."

Microsoft also announced it will now 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
are ready, keeping subscribers always up to date while eliminating the hassles
of upgrading.

"This is a major leap forward," said Kurt DelBene, president of the Microsoft
Office Division. "People's needs change rapidly, and Office 365 Home Premium
will change with them."

Simultaneously, Microsoft today released Office 365 University for college or
university students, faculty and staff at a price of just US$79.99 for a
four-year subscription -- the equivalent of US$1.67 per month. Globally, the
company also released updated versions of the traditional Office suite: Office
Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013 and Office Professional
2013. Office 365 for businesses will be released globally with new
capabilities on Feb. 27.

Time to Do the Things You Want
In a recent global survey,^1 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. Office 365
Home Premium is designed to help people be more productive from virtually
anywhere and find the flexibility to do the things they want.

"Between kids and career, I'm never completely at home or completely at work
-- and thanks to technology, that suits me just fine," said Jen Singer, an
author, blogger and mom of two teen boys. "With Office 365 Home Premium, I can
work around my kids' schedules, so I can drive the soccer carpool, coordinate
errands while at a doctor's office and still hit my deadlines at work. And,
with one subscription for everyone in my family, it's an absolute steal."

To help people find more time to do the things they want, Microsoft is
introducing Time to 365 (http://www.office.com/timeto365), a new crowd-sourced
website where people can find and share tips, tricks, ideas and inspiration
from around the world. Contributors include experts such as "techorating" pro
Janna Robinson (http://www.jannarobinson.com) and everyday working parents who
have found ways to simplify their lives. Tips on the site include, for
example, an idea for organizing 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.

About Office 365 Home Premium
Office 365 Home Premium is available in 162 markets in 21 languages and
includes the following:

  oThe latest and most complete set of Office applications: Word, Excel,
    PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access
  oOne 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 PC^2
  oAn additional 20 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage, nearly three times the
    amount available with a free SkyDrive account
  o60 free Skype world calling minutes per month to call mobile phones,
    landlines or PCs around the world^3
  oFuture 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 http://www.office.com.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

^1 Microsoft surveyed more than 10,000 people in over 20 countries.
^2  App availability varies by operating system, device and language.
^3 Skype world minutes not available in all countries. Calls to select
countries.

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.

Website: http://www.microsoft.com
Contact: Rapid Response Team, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, +1-503-433-7070,
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