Microsoft launches the new Office

Microsoft has unveiled the new Office to the world

30 Jan 2013


Microsoft has unveiled the new Office to the world.

Office 365

The latest version of the firm's software suite has touchscreen technology at its heart, with Word, Excel and PowerPoint overhauled to fit better with touch-controlled devices.

The software comes in a number of options, including Office 365 Home Premium, Office Home & Student 2013 and Office Home & Business 2013.

The cloud-based Office 365 Home Premium is available for an annual subscription fee. With it users can access Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One Note and others on up to five tablets, Macs or PCs.

Microsoft launched the new Office at an event in London with the help of TV presenter Tess Daly and Rugby World Cup winner Will Greenwood.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Office 365 Home Premium was "Office reinvented as a consumer cloud service".

To this end, files are saved by default to Microsoft's online cloud storage facility, SkyDrive. Users also have the option of saving to their devices' hard drives.

The software is designed to be as easy to control with your finger as it is your mouse, with Ballmer saying it would "fully light-up when paired with Windows 8".

When using the touch mode, people can access documents with the flick of a finger, swiping and pinching their way around their work. In touch mode people will also find larger controls that make touchscreen access easier.

Social is also a big part of the overhauled Office, with Skype video chat integrated. A Twitter plug-in can also be downloaded from the Office Store, with people able to keep abreast of their latest tweets while checking their email on Outlook.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said: "We are taking bold steps at Microsoft. 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."