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Last year, Adobe became a pioneer in offering software subscriptions by unveiling Creative Cloud, their subscription-only software service. Yesterday, they took the next step by announcing plans to discontinue development of their Creative Suite or other CS products. Industry reaction is mixed. Like Adobe, we think subscription software-as-a-service is the future. The benefits are huge. Subscribers get the latest and most complete applications, not to mention support across the multitude of devices people use today.
We think people's shift from packaged software to subscription services will take time. In the meantime, we are committed to offering choice--premier software sold as a package and powerful services sold as a subscription. What do you think about software subscriptions-- #progressive or #premature?
Effective immediately, we have changed the Office 2013 retail license agreement to allow customers to transfer the software from one computer to another. We made this decision based on feedback from our customers who asked for additional flexibility in this area.
Read Microsoft Office Division President Kurt DelBene's blog about the latest release of Microsoft Office 365 for businesses. "When we first set out to build this release of Office, we knew it would be the boldest yet. We wanted to create that 'over-the-shoulder envy' that makes your friend or the guy sitting next to you on the plane ask what you're using. In a recent survey, 96 percent of people who were asked said they'd recommend Office to a friend. With the new Office 365 services we know that customers will enjoy entirely new benefits and unique scenarios that only come alive in the cloud."
A few weeks ago, we announced the new Office for consumers, including the all new Office 365 Home Premium, Office 365 University for college and university students, and traditional Office suites: Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013 and Office Professional 2013. Since then we've received questions about the number of installations people get with the traditional Office suites, transferability, and how they compare to Office 2010. With that in mind, we want to offer some clarity on the matter, to help customers make the best purchasing decision.
At this week's inaugural Lync Conference, Microsoft is celebrating a people-centric vision for the future of communications technology, including the announcement that Lync-Skype connectivity for presence, IM and voice will be available to all Lync users by June. We have been honored by the rate of Lync adoption and encourage you to check out the new customer references we have for Lync 2013, available as of today.
Guest blogger Janna Robinson is the host of DIY Network's Hollywood Hi-Tech and a lifestyle technology expert with a mission to educate and empower people by making technology approachable, fashionable, and fun. As a bicoastal entrepreneur who is also planning a wedding, she uses Office 365 to simplify her life--staying connected and organized with a seamless blend of services, devices, and style. Read on to see how Janna does it and how you can too.
Business customers around the world can now purchase the on-premises versions of the new Office products--including Office 2013, Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, Project 2013 and Visio 2013--through Microsoft Volume Licensing. Broad availability of the new Office through retail and online channels is planned for the first quarter of 2013. The new Office gives customers a comprehensive set of productivity tools to help them do their best work in a world of devices and services.
Today, in Las Vegas, we kicked off SharePoint Conference 2012 with more than ten thousand customers, partners and enthusiasts. Here's a snapshot of news you won't want to miss.