Enterprise Applications: Microsoft Rolls Out Revamped Office Suite as a Cloud Service
Microsoft Office Preview Event
Technology reporters and editors gathered in San Francisco July 16 to hear Microsoft executives, including CEO Steve Ballmer, reveal the consumer preview version of the Office 2013 suite of productivity software. Ballmer spoke of the new suite as "Office as a service" underscoring the point that many of its programs can be delivered in the cloud.
Microsoft introduced the consumer preview of the new Office 2013 productivity suite due out this fall at a news event in San Francisco July 16. The company emphasized the cloud delivery model of the software, including the integration of Office with the video and voice service Skype, the enterprise social networking site Yammer and Perspective Pixel, a maker of large touch-screen displays. All were companies Microsoft acquired over the last several months. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer coined the phrase "Office as a service" to describe how many Office features are available in the cloud and that newly created documents will by default be stored on Microsoft's cloud service called SkyDrive. Office installed natively on a device and Office 365, the cloud version of the suite, will run on Windows 8 for x86-based devices and Windows RT, the version of the OS for ARM-based devices, as well as on Windows Phone 8-powered smartphones. Also known as Office 15, the new productivity suite will be released in October along with the new Windows editions and the coming Microsoft-built Surface tablet.