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Microsoft Offers a New Touch to Office Software

July 18, 2012

Software guru Microsoft has revealed a touch-ready version of its Office software. It has made public the new look of Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access and OneNote applications. Both, Microsoft Office 2013, which is a desktop version and Office 365, which is a subscription-based version available for individuals and enterprises are refreshed. They have blends touch, cloud and social abilities, producing a spontaneous and simplified user experience which remarked excellent by many users.

Users can now store Office documents on SkyDrive, cloud storage facility of Microsoft for documents. Instead of simple PC download version, Office will be now available ad a service. Although, the exact dates of launch and prices are still not revealed. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO said, “This is the most ambitious release of office we have ever done!…And it feels to us a lot like 1995!”

Office is one of the most demanded product of Microsoft. Over one billion people throughout the globe use Microsoft Office claimed by the company. Yet, some experts believe that Microsoft still needs to come up with more advancement to perform well in the tablet market lead by Apple’s iPad.

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Even though, Microsoft had proclaimed Metro style version of OneNote, its note-taking-application, but didn’t speak much about other products of Office like Office Web Apps. “Microsoft already has an OneNote version for the iPad, but it’s weak. Microsoft needs a better story there and they did not announce it today. It’s not clear that the traditional version of Office, even though it’s redesigned a bit for touch, will be a great tablet experience,” says Silver.

Michael Silver, vice-president and research director at technology research and advisory firm Gartner said, “Microsoft is reacting fairly well to market demands, which include better cloud integration, cloud service offerings and mobile device versions”.

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