The Straits Times
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Published on Jan 30, 2013
 

Microsoft puts Office software in the Internet cloud

 
 

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.