Featuring an intuitive design which works with touch, stylus, mouse, or keyboard across new Windows devices including tablets, the new Office will be delivered to subscribers through a cloud service that is always up to date.
Users may swipe their fingers across the screen or pinch and zoom like how they would to a keyboard, or use a stylus to handwrite email responses and convert them automatically into text. Applications OneNote and Lync represent the first new Windows 8 style applications for Office, designed to deliver touch-first experience on a tablet. Office Home and Student 2013 RT, which contains new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote applications, will be included on ARM-based Windows 8 devices, including Microsoft Surface.
While the full lineup of offerings and pricing plans will be announced later this year, Microsoft has revealed three new Office 365 subscription services — Home Premium, Small Business Premium, and ProPlus. When available, each new subscription offer will include the new 2013 editions of the Office applications — Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access.
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