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Microsoft speeds Office update cycle to just three weeks

Published Jun 27th, 2013 6:30PM EDT
Microsoft Office Update Cycle
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The days when Microsoft would wait a whopping three years to push out big changes to its Office productivity software have come to an end. Bloomberg reports that Microsoft now plans to use its extensive cloud resources to push out updates to Office once every three weeks, a sea change for the company that fits in well with its pledge to issue big yearly updates for Windows. Jeff Teper, corporate vice president for Microsoft’s Office division, also tells Bloomberg that “within a year, users of Internet-based versions of Office productivity software, as well as e-mail, telephony and collaboration tools, will have parts of their software refreshed weekly.”

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.