MANILA — August 2012 — Microsoft recently revealed the remarkable features of the new Microsoft Office in an exclusive Customer Preview launch to 200 of the company’s most valued enterprise customers and media partners. The exclusive event showcased a preview of some of the amazing new features that undoubtedly make this the most anticipated release of Microsoft’s market leading application suite. The same version was launched in the US last July 2012 by Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer and is available for preview at office.com/preview.
“In 1985, when Microsoft Philippines started its operations, the agenda was simple – drive the Philippine economy with great software. Today, this agenda remains unchanged and seven years on, neither has our commitment to delivering great software that empowers Filipinos and Philippine Businesses. We are proud to introduce the remarkable features that Filipinos will get to experience in this new version of our market-leading application suite,” said John Bessey, Microsoft Philippines Country Manager.
Over the next 12 months, Microsoft will be releasing a number of technologies into the Philippine market that will not only help drive the local economy but also highlight to the world some of the amazing capabilities that reinforce Microsoft’s position as a leader in innovation and the Cloud.
Key speaker for the exclusive event was Microsoft General Manager for Cloud Computing Platform Zane Adam. Adam shared that “The new Office helps adapt to the shift of the modern day worker, helping them work smarter, anytime, anywhere. The new Office will demonstrate new capabilities that will drive non-office customer to re-think their decision.”
The new office took into consideration the needs of the modern day worker for fast, accessible tools that will enable them to work anytime, anywhere.
“The new Microsoft Office allows you to get things done at home, school and work without having to switch between multiple devices,” said Tovia Va’aelua, Microsoft Office Division Lead, Microsoft Philippines. “It is especially perfect for students and young professionals who are accustomed to easing in and out of social and professional communications in one click.”
Va’aelua also mentioned that Microsoft will be introducing the new Office to targeted user groups beginning with students of the University of Makati on Saturday, August 4. “The new Office allows a seamless shift from social to work, making it incredibly convenient for today’s youth who are very smart and excellent at multi-tasking. They are drawn to products that are convenient, easy and smart – and this is exactly what the new Office offers,” he added.
The new Office may be accessed with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. The new Office is social and delivers an unparalleled productivity and flexibility for both consumers and business customers. It is a cloud service and fully compatible when paired with Windows 8.
Office at Its Best on Windows 8
• Touch everywhere. Office responds to touch as naturally as it does to keyboard and mouse. Swipe your finger across the screen or pinch and zoom to read your documents and presentations. Author new content and access features with the touch of a finger.
• Inking. Use a stylus to create content, take notes and access features. Handwrite email responses and convert them automatically to text. Use your stylus as a laser pointer when presenting. Color your content and erase your mistakes with ease.
• New Windows 8 applications. OneNote and Lync represent the first new Windows 8 style applications for Office. These applications are designed to deliver touch-first experiences on a tablet. A new radial menu in OneNote makes it easy to access features with your finger.
• Included in Windows RT. 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.
Office Is in the Cloud
• SkyDrive. Office saves documents to SkyDrive by default, so your content is always available across your tablet, PC and phone. Your documents are also available offline and sync when you reconnect.
• Roaming. Once signed in to Office, your personalized settings, including your most recently used files, templates and even your custom dictionary, roam with you across virtually all of your devices. Office even remembers where you last left off and brings you right back to that spot in a single click.
• Office on Demand. With a subscription, you can access Office even when you are away from your PC by streaming full-featured applications to an Internet-connected Windows-based PC.
• New subscription services. The new Office is available as a cloud-based subscription service. As subscribers, consumers automatically get future upgrades in addition to exciting cloud services including Skype world minutes and extra SkyDrive storage. Subscribers receive multiple installs for everyone in the family and across their devices.
Office Is Social
• Yammer. Yammer delivers a secure, private social network for businesses. You can sign up for free and begin using social networking instantly. Yammer offers integration with SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics.
• Stay connected. Follow people, teams, documents and sites in SharePoint. View and embed pictures, videos and Office content in your activity feeds to stay current and update your colleagues.
• People Card. Have an integrated view of your contacts everywhere in Office. The People Card includes presence information complete with pictures, status updates, contact information and activity feeds from Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.
• Skype. The new Office comes with Skype. When you subscribe, you get 60 minutes of Skype world minutes every month. Integrate Skype contacts into Lync and call or instant message anyone on Skype.
Office Unlocks New Scenarios
• Digital note-taking. Keep your notes handy in the cloud and across multiple devices with OneNote. Use what feels most natural to you — take notes with touch, pen or keyboard, or use them together and switch easily back and forth.
• Reading and markup. The Read Mode in Word provides a modern and easy-to-navigate reading experience that automatically adjusts for large and small screens. Zoom in and out of content, stream videos within documents, view revision marks and use touch to turn pages.
• Meetings. PowerPoint features a new Presenter View that privately shows your current and upcoming slides, presentation time, and speaker notes in a single glance. While presenting, you can zoom, mark up and navigate your slides with touch and stylus. Lync includes multiparty HD video with presentations, shared OneNote notebooks and a virtual whiteboard for collaborative brainstorming.
• Eighty-two-inch touch-enabled displays. Conduct more engaging meetings, presentations and lessons, whether in person or virtually, with these multi-touch and stylus-enabled displays from Perceptive Pixel.
While the full lineup of offerings and pricing plans will be announced later in the quarter, Adam discussed three new Office 365 subscription services. When available, each new subscription offer will include the new 2013 editions of the Office applications — Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. In addition, subscribers will receive future rights to version upgrades as well as per-use rights across up to five PCs or Macs and mobile devices. The three new editions will be the following:
• Office 365 Home Premium — designed for families and consumers. This service also includes an additional 20 GB of SkyDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype world minutes per month.
• Office 365 Small Business Premium — designed for small businesses. This service also includes business-grade email, shared calendars, website tools and HD web conferencing.
• Office 365 Pro-Plus — designed for enterprise customers who want advanced business capabilities and the flexibility to deploy and manage in the cloud.