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Microsoft puts Office software in the Internet cloud

Published on Jan 30, 2013 7:35 AM
A Microsoft Office logo is shown on display at a Microsoft retail store in San Diego in this file photo from January 18, 2012. Microsoft Corp launched its new Office software January 29, 2013, featuring constantly updated, online access to documents from a range of devices. Picture taken January 18, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Microsoft on Tuesday began letting people subscribe to Office as a service in the Internet cloud, shedding the need to buy the popular productivity software on a disk.

"It's kind of a reflection of how most of us live nowadays," said company official Oliver Roll. "The same way you get instant access to movies or music at Netflix or Spotify, you access your documents in the cloud."

Subscriptions to Office 365 cost US$100 (S$124) a year and allow the suite of programs for documents, spreadsheets, presentations and other tasks to be used on as many as five devices - in a nod to modern, multi-gadget lifestyles.

"We should be able to get our content on all our devices, and it shouldn't be a hassle," said Mr Roll, who is the Office division's general manager of communications.

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