Today Microsoft released a new version of its Office Suite 2013 for Windows. But the most notable feature call Office 365, which is a new way to license the suite and to extend the software to the use of cloud storage SkyDrive.
Starting today users can optionally subscribe (yes, subscribe) to Office 365 Home Premium for $99/year. This license allows users to download and to use the suite up to 5 different devices including Windows PC or Mac. The Mac version is still MS Office 2011, where the Windows platform has the latest 2013 version of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access.
Other versions include Office 365 University, which costs $80 for a 4-year subscription, is available for college students, faculty and staff. Office 365 for businesses will be released on Feb. 27; subscription rates will range from $4 to $20 monthly.
In addition, each user can get 20GB of free cloud storage on Microsoft SkyDrive to store, share the documents on the Web.
If you like the tradition DVD version, the new Office comes in Office Home and Student 2013 ($140), Office Home and Business 2013 ($220) and Office Professional 2013 ($400). Note that the DVD version can only be installed on one or two PCs.
Microsoft redesigned the new Office 2013 with Touch and Modern UI in mind, however all the software works in both touch and mouse/keyboard.
Try it out at http://www.office.com