Microsoft launched Office 365 Home Premium, a cloud-based versions of the firm’s productivity suite, and Office 2013 recently. But firms wanting the latest cloud service will have to wait until the end of February.
Office 365 Home Premium includes the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access, and works across up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs and Macs.
Microsoft was keen to point that with the cloud-based versions, users will get access to any software updates straightway.
A new version of Office 365 for businesses will be released globally with added capabilities on 27 February. However, Microsoft did not share further details of these capabilities or pricing for firms.
IT professionals and developers have been able to download Office 2013 via a TechNet or MSDN account since November 2012, but this is the first time general users have been able to purchase a copy.
Office 2013 was officially unveiled by Microsoft in July, and is described by the firm as “the most ambitious release of Office” it has ever delivered. It includes touch-optimized versions of the familiar Office applications to support Windows 8 and tablet devices, plus a greater emphasis on the cloud to store documents and settings.