Microsoft Previews New Office to be Delivered Via Cloud

The software giant co-founded by Bill Gates is previewing the next version of Microsoft Office at a time when employees increasingly rely on mobile devices to do their jobs.

The new version, which is not yet available, is compatible across new Windows devices including tablet computers and will be delivered to customers through an up-to-date cloud service, Microsoft announced Monday. The company hasn’t disclosed a release date or pricing.

Microsoft asserted its new Office will harness innovations that are enabled by its Windows 8 operating system, and some apps tailored for Office include OneNote, a digital app for creating and storing notes, and Lync, the enterprise-ready unified communications platform.

“The new, modern Office will deliver unparalleled productivity and flexibility for both consumers and business customers,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer declared at a press event in San Francisco.

Microsoft noted the new Office will be available as a cloud-based subscription that will allow customers away from their personal computers to access Office by streaming apps to another Windows-based PC.

For answers to some general questions on Microsoft’s new Office, check out CNET’s facts here.  

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