When hedge fund ValueAct announced it had taken a $2 billion stake in Microsoft earlier this week, questions arose about what changes the activist investor would try to make to improve the company’s value for shareholders. ZDNet reports that ValueAct’s first declared goal for Microsoft is to get it to release its Office suite of enterprise software for rival mobile platforms iOS and Android. This is particularly important because a report from earlier this month indicated that Microsoft wouldn’t have Office for iOS and Android ready until 2014 at the earliest. If ValueAct is using its newfound clout within the company to get Microsoft to focus its efforts more on developing Office for other platforms, then we could see Office release on iOS and Android sooner than we’d expected.
Microsoft (MSFT) on Monday confirmed it will launch Office 2013 on January 29th in New York after the company teased the date on its Twitter page for the past few days with a #TimeTo365 viral campaign. It was previously reported that subscription versions of Office 2013 will cost $100 per year for Office 365 Home Premium and $150 per year for Office 365 Small Business Premium. The Home Premium edition includes access to Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access that can be installed on up to five computers, while the Small Business Premium edition adds access to Lync and InfoPath. More →
Back in May, BGR exclusively reported that Microsoft (MSFT) was planning to release Office 2013 for Android and iOS later this year. It looks like Microsoft’s suite of work apps won’t hit Google (GOOG) and Apple’s (AAPL) mobile platforms until some time after March 2013, however, according to IHNED’s recounting of a statement by Microsoft’s Czech Republic product manager Petr Bobek.
Updated to clarify that Office for iOS and Android will reportedly launch some time after March.
UPDATE 2: Microsoft has stated that launch details provided by its Czech Republic-based subsidiary are not accurate. More →
Microsoft (MSFT) hasn’t set a firm release date for Office 2013 yet, but that doesn’t mean it can’t talk about pricing. According to ZDNet, subscription versions of Office 2013 will cost $100 per year for Office 365 Home Premium and $150 per year for Office 365 Small Business Premium. Office 365 includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access and can be installed on up to five computers. Office 365 Small Business Premium has everything Home Premium has plus Lync and InfoPath. More →
Microsoft (MSFT) will reportedly launch an Office 2010 to 2013 upgrade program as early as next month, according to ZDNet. The program will be similar to what the company has offered alongside new Windows PCs, allowing users to buy the current software and upgrade to the next version for free or at a discounted price. According to ZDNet’s sources, Microsoft will offer users who purchase Office 2010 between October 19th and April 30th 2013 a guaranteed upgrade to Office 2013 once it is made available. Office 2013 is rumored to be released to Microsoft’s manufacturing partners in November, with general availability expected in early 2013. A Microsoft spokesperson declined to comment. More →
Microsoft (MSFT) previously announced that its third major Windows Phone release would be coming this fall, though the Redmond-based company did not give specific dates. According to a source speaking to ZDNet, however, the software giant will release the RTM build of Windows Phone 8 in September and new devices will launch this November, just in time for the holiday season. The publication also notes that Microsoft’s Office 2013 productivity suite is scheduled to be available in February of 2013. Earlier this week, Microsoft revealed that its Windows 8 operating system, which is designed for both personal computers and tablets, is scheduled to launch on October 26th. More →
Microsoft (MSFT) unveiled the latest version of its productivity suite earlier this week, which focuses on touch optimizations and deeper integration with Microsoft’s cloud-based services. Office 2013 was shown off at great length for the Windows 8 operating system, but it was curious to some that no mention of OS X was made during Microsoft’s press conference. According to The Verge, the explanation is simple: Microsoft currently has no plans to release Office 2013 for Mac. “We haven’t announced the next release of Office for Mac,” a Microsoft spokesperson told the site. Microsoft does reportedly have plans to bring new SkyDrive cloud storage features to Office 2011 for Mac in a future update. More →
Microsoft on Monday announced the next major version of its Office productivity suite, Office 2013. Office 2013 is completely touch-optimized in light of Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system, and it adds a wide range of new functionality and cloud-based features to apps like Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well. Highlights from Office 2013 as per Microsoft’s press release:
- 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.
Microsoft made an early version of its Windows 8 operating system available to consumers early to test, and now the company is doing the same with Office 2013 — a free Office 2013 preview version is available immediately, and a download link follows below. More →
Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer on Monday unveiled the company’s next generation Office Suite software during a press conference in San Fransisco, California. Office 2013, which includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, is available for testing today in a public Consumer Preview for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8. The software giant’s latest Office Suite works with both tablet PCs and traditional computers, and supports touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard input. Microsoft is pushing the social aspect of Office 2013, which will allow for documents to be delivered to users through an up-to-date cloud service. “We are taking bold steps at Microsoft,” Ballmer said at the press conference. “The new, modern Office will deliver unparalleled productivity and flexibility for both consumers and business customers. It is a cloud service and will fully light-up when paired with Windows 8.” Microsoft’s press release follows below. More →