Microsoft Unveils the New Office

Microsoft Unveils the New Office

Microsoft has released the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announcing the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office. (Image source: Microsoft)

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.

Keep reading on for the full press release.

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