As the Office 365 product lead at Microsoft Australia, I’m really proud of the major new update that we announced today to the commercial versions of Office 365.
Aside from being my job, it’s a personal thing for me.
I’ve got two kids and a husband that I’m constantly juggling in addition to holding down a full time job. Life is busy! If I’m not at work, I’m running to pick the kids up on time and get them to sport or wherever they need to be. There are lots of times when I suffer ‘mum’ guilt – am I juggling too much, do I spend enough time with the kids? I think that’s the reality for lots of mums and dads out there. We do a lot of juggling between these lives and there’s a lot of blurring between the two – it’s modern life.
Office 365 stands for a lot of things. One of them is about having the technology tools to be productive virtually anywhere and at any time, as well as helping to manage life. I certainly rely on them every day and having the right tools at my disposal makes a massive difference. Yesterday, I had a customer meeting on the Gold Coast but I was able to do my whole job there because of Office 365 – it’s my office away from the office.
IT can sometimes be complex to manage, especially if you’re a smaller organisation with less resources. As a cloud service, Office 365 is designed to reduce complexity and give businesses an always up to date service.
Finally, it’s a cloud-based subscription service. So you pay for what you need on a per monthly or per yearly basis per user. You can scale up and down easily depending on the needs of your business. You can also choose a plan that is customised to the size of your business.
That's why we're announcing a new set of Office 365 subscription offerings that are available to small and medium sized organisations, including:
Today's announcement completes a series of release moments for our newest version of Office. In December, Office 2013 (perpetual licenses) became available to volume licensing customers. Earlier this month, we released Office 365 Home Premium and Office 2013 for Australian consumers. We also launched Office 365 University for tertiary students. This moment marked the first time Australian consumers could purchase Office as a subscription service.
Find out more on the Office homepage as well as on the Microsoft Office Division Press Room and blog.
Isabel Boniface, Office 365 Product Manager, Microsoft Australia
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