Microsoft has announced the launch of its flagship Office 2013 product suite in Philippines. This should help transform, completely change the way Filipinos work.
Launch of Office 2013
The well attended launch, in Manila caused considerable excitement among the Office users community. The event also saw the new Office Ambassadors, Kelsey Hartigan-Go, Janice Crisostomo-Villanueva and Aziza Mondoñedo share their experiences about how the new Office improved their productivity.
Kelsey Hartigan-Go, the CIO of SM Prime Holdings said that “Microsoft has helped strengthen our IT infrastructure with the new Office and this has been very helpful in the growth of our business. We are excited about the new Office because it offers mobility, cloud and control features built for the enterprise.”
The Microsoft Office 2013 contains the updated and ever popular Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other applications. This also includes the much awaited support for cloud services. The Home Premium version of Office 365 comes as a bundle along with 60 minutes of free world calling on Skype and extra storage space on its cloud service SkyDrive. The Home Premium edition costs 3,499.00 Philippine pesos and is available as a subscription service. The one-year subscription license would enable customers to install the application in 10 devices including five tablets and five PC’s.
The managing director of Microsoft Philippines, Karrie Ilagan sounded excited. She was quoted as saying, ” Today, we mark the next big step in Microsoft’s transformation to devices and services, as we introduce and take you to your modern Office—an Office that goes beyond the four corners of a room, an Office that is accessible wherever you are.” She also added that “This is Office re-imagined as a cloud service with all the full-featured Office applications people know and love, together with impressive new cloud and social benefits built for the modern day consumer.”
Quicker Updates are here
During the launch, Microsoft made an announcement regarding delivering updates. The traditional release cycle has been done away with and the new features will be delivered directly to the cloud. The new updates will be streamed directly to customers keeping their systems up-to-date and trouble free instead of the earlier three year update cycle.
The other announcement made during the media launch by Microsoft Philippines was about availability of the cloud services for education and enterprise by mid 2013. This would mean that organizations would be able to take full advantage of the new options when deciding about deploying their technologies. Users will be able to access files and folders on the go, irrespective of whether they are accessed from office data centre or from home.
Availability across platforms
The lead for Microsoft’s Office Division in Philippines, Tovia Va’aelua said, “The new Microsoft Office allows you to get things done at home, school and work through any device, anytime and anywhere. Before, Office used to belong to your machine, now it belongs to you and works across all your devices.” Va’aelua also added that the downloading and installation of the application into a device or a computer can be done in quick time, 10 minutes flat.
It is also available for Apple and Google Android based devices. This would make it one of the best productivity tools that is available for almost all devices. The ability to fully customize Office suite when using their Microsoft account is also another exciting feature. Va’aelua also said that Office known to be a enterprises product in now being brought into the consumer space and could also help improve their productivity.
The Microsoft Office 365 application suite would empower organizations to help the Windows maker to keep up the promise of providing cloud based services on terms dictated by the consumer. This is in addition to the already available productivity and social networking services that the Filipinos currently enjoy. These include Skype Audio and Video calls, email services on Outlook.com and storage space on SkyDrive.
As Janice Crisostomo-Villanueva, founder of Mommymundo.com and Microsoft office Ambassador puts it, “The new Office allows me to work around my kids’ schedules so I can coordinate errands while at their school functions and still hit my deadlines at work. The new Office has transformed the way I live.”