Microsoft Launches Office 365 for Consumers

New Delhi, Delhi, India, Wednesday, January 30, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) 
Today, Microsoft Corporation announced the availability of Office 365 for
consumers, a reinvention of the company's flagship Office product line. Families
can now subscribe to Office 365 Home Premium, which includes the latest and most
complete set of Office applications; works across five PCs/Macs plus five mobile
devices; and comes with extra SkyDrive storage.  
“This isn't just another version of Office. This is Office reinvented as a
consumer cloud service,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft Corp. “Together
with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, Office 365 gives you the freedom to do
things when and how you want.”  
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're
ready, eliminating the hassles of upgrading and keeping subscribers always
“This is a major leap forward,” said Ramkumar Pichai, GM - Microsoft Office
Division, Microsoft India. “It's a service designed to help you manage the
tasks of your work and home life, wherever you are, whenever you need, online or
offline. Also, it's a perfect fit for busy families and individuals who can
connect multiple devices with a single subscription.” 
Office 365 Home Premium will be available for purchase in India at an annual
subscription of INR 4,199/-. Simultaneously, Microsoft also announced in India
the availability of the updated FPP version of its traditional Office suite for
consumers – Office Home and Student 2013. 
Time to Do the Things You Want 
In a recent global survey, nearly 60% of people said they don't have the time to
do the things they want to do, and more than 80% 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 anywhere and find the
flexibility to do the things they want. 
“Between kids and career, I am never completely at home or completely at work
— and thanks to technology, that suits me just fine,” said Dr. Navita Singh,
a well-known Dentist from North Delhi. “With Office 365 Home Premium, I can
work around my kids' schedules, coordinate household shopping, and still meet my
deadlines at the clinic. 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 (, a new crowd-sourced web site
where people can find and share tips, tricks, ideas and inspiration from around
the world. 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. While at the site, people can also enter to win prizes,
including a free annual subscription to Office 365 Home Premium.  
About Office 365 Home Premium 
Office 365 Home Premium is an ideal cloud service designed for busy households
and it is now available in 162 markets in 21 languages: 
-- The latest and most complete set of Office applications – Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access 
-- One license for the entire household – use Office across five PCs/Macs plus
five mobile devices, and get Office on Demand from any Internet-connected PC 
-- An additional 20 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage – 3x the amount available
with a free SkyDrive account 
-- All future upgrades – always use the latest time-saving technology 
People can learn more about Office 365 Home Premium or try it free for 30 days
About Microsoft 
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software
for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products
and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any
place and on any device. Microsoft Corporation (India) Private Ltd is a
subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, USA. It has had a presence in India since
1990 and currently has offices in nine cities - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai,
Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune. 
Media contact details 
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IPAN Hill+Knowlton Strategies,
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IPAN Hill+Knowlton Strategies,
+91 9560069397, 
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