Microsoft announces Cloud-based Office 365

By Leeky ยท 15 replies
Jul 16, 2012
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  1. Microsoft announced its upcoming Office software during a press conference today, with CEO Steve Ballmer outlining the new cloud and collaboration-oriented features of Office 15, better known as Office 365.

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  2. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Don't like the fact you can no longer change the color. I loved the light blue, easier on the eyes.

    Everything else is smoother though. Plus, you can finally edit PDFs!
  3. Vets2Work

    Vets2Work TS Rookie

    Microsoft Office moving to the cloud will certainly allow better control over our licenses. The fact we can add and/or remove a remote user at the click of the mouse will have an immediate effect on our bottom line. The folks over at WorkSpace Communications who provide our help desk tell us that deployment of new users will be reduced by 60% along with substantial increase in resolving remote support issues. Microsoft Office has become so entrenched within our organization we could not move to any other application without causing a total collapse of our operations. I?m happy to see Microsoft moving more aggressively to the cloud and look forward to a long and now lower cost solution.
  4. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TS Booster Posts: 304   +62

    Looks like Microsoft wasn't just sitting idle as Apple takes over after all. Good thing too, I think with Microsoft's widespread user base they could dominate if they keep innovating their products so extensively. I'm not too much of an Apple person, but thanks for pushing Microsoft to be competitive again.
    DanUK and DragonMasterJay like this.
  5. ragreeen2646

    ragreeen2646 TS Rookie

    Just loaded it. It appears very sluggish
  6. ragreeen2646

    ragreeen2646 TS Rookie

    Now crashing. I will try again after cleanup and re-install (running winbdows 8 on a laptop).
  7. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Evangelist Posts: 348   +124

    Maybe when the industry gets a grip on hackers I'll start to give the cloud anything the time of day, till then it's just one more massive database for hackers to pilfer.. less interested in anything new from MS after each new product announcement lately. I should make this a tag line but; looking forward to the Linux based steam box.
  8. Office 2013 drops support for XP and Vista... about time I guess.
  9. lol@"work flawlessly and without limitations".

    They might want to make sure the Office365 Outlook can display UTF-8 correctly before making a statement like that.
  10. DanUK

    DanUK TS Booster Posts: 211   +9

    This sounds like a pretty cool development (especially skype integration and maps), will definitely give this a try when I get home from work later.
  11. Qrox

    Qrox TS Enthusiast Posts: 52   +12

    Anyone know if you can change the color of the interface? That white is just eating away at my eyes. The black in Office 2007 worked quite well, so I'm hoping there is a option to change it in 365
  12. grumpyitbloke

    grumpyitbloke TS Rookie

    Everything looks like it is all starting to knit together nicely for Microsoft right now. I've been impressed with Windows 8 so far and believe it offers a tablet experience that actually dares to be different. It isn't trying to be an iOS clone which is really refreshing. This new version of Office looks like it is going to sit really well in this new family of products. As some comments have already pointed out - I think that licensing of users is also going to be simplified significantly. I think it will be a big success. Windows Phone 8 may be the only area where they struggle to make any real impact - at least straight away anyway.
    DanUK and ReederOnTheRun like this.
  13. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Install fails for me, claiming I don't have a modern version of Windows, even though I'm running Win7 :(
  14. ragreeen2646

    ragreeen2646 TS Rookie

    Re-installed and no more crashes. Still a bit sluggish.
    WIN8 and new Office is sooo grab and dull looking.
    It looks like MS is going for one flat, dull color scheme fits all.
    I like the idea of color customizations.
  15. has anybody heard what the monthly charge will be to use the product?
  16. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TS Booster Posts: 304   +62

    Weird, its working great for me, did u try running windows update?

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