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Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium

Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium

Microsoft recently surveyed more than ten thousand people in over 20 countries and revealed two interesting facts:

    • Around 60 percent of people do not have sufficient time to do the things they want to do.
    • More than 80 percent admitted that they could save a couple of hours a day if they were better organized.


So, Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium has been designed to help people in getting their work done from virtually anywhere. That is, people can perform tasks even when they are on the move.

Office 365 Home Premium is being sold as a subscription model for just $99 a year. This model lets you install office 365 on up to 5 computers including Macs. You can imagine the Home Premium as a layer around Office 2013 with some enhanced web based features.

You don’t get a CD or DVD when you purchase Home Premium. As it is a cloud based service, you get an installation key that can be used to install Office 365 on your device from the web. Here the good thing is that you need not worry about losing the CD/DVD if you wish to reinstall the Office suite.

Check out this video review of Office 365!

The features of the product include:

Always up-to-date: Subscribers are entitled to the newest versions of the Office applications whenever they are available.

Managing the subscription online:
Sign in to ‘My Account’ to manage your Office subscription. You can view and alter billing settings and set up Skype world minutes.

Installation in other languages: You can also install Office 365 in a range of languages. You need to choose the language to install Office in ‘My Account’.

Skype world minutes: Skype world minutes let you easily call friends and family around the globe. Office 365 Home Premium comes with 60 minutes per month of Skype calls to phones in over 40 countries. You can use Skype world minutes from any device, whether it’s your mobile phone, tablet or other device. You can just dial from Skype and your friends and family can pick up on their phone.

SkyDrive: Home Premium customers get an additional 20 GB of SkyDrive storage as part of their subscription service, making a total of 27 GB of storage (7 GB comes for free). This 20 GB of SkyDrive storage is applied to the SkyDrive account, which is linked to the Microsoft account used for Office 365 subscription. You can save documents online to your SkyDrive by default for easy access virtually anywhere.

Home Premium includes word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Excel, Access and OneNote. Each of these applications has some feature tweaks and updates.

Major features include:

Word Features

New Read Mode: Here the text reflows automatically in columns for easier reading. You can easily zoom in on tables and charts, and have them fill the screen.

Reply Comment: This keeps track of the conversation. You can place and reply comments right next to the text you are discussing, so everyone can see who replied to whom, and when.

Present Online: Enjoy greater flexibility. Project your document to everyone in your working group

Alignment Guides: The alignment guides pop into place as and when required.

Live Layout: You can experiment with layouts. When you drag a shape to a position, text reflows instantly right before your eyes. If you release the mouse button, your object stays right where you want.

Excel Features

Recommended Pivot Table: Perform complex analyses quickly. Excel summarizes your data with previews of various pivot table options.

Quick Analysis: Discover and compare different ways to represent your data visually. When you see the one that shows off your data best, apply formatting, sparklines, and charts with a single click.

Simplified Sharing: Share workbooks with confidence and ease. You can make sure that you are all tracking only the latest version.

PowerPoint Features

Slide Zoom: You can direct the attention of your audience right to your point. Zoom in on a diagram or chart with a couple of clicks and zoom out just as smoothly.

Theme Variants: Give your design the look you want. Apply design variations with a click.

Merge Shapes:
Create your own shapes and customized icons with the Union, Combine, Fragment, Intersect and Subtract tools.

Publisher Features:

Effects: Use professional looking effects for text, shapes and pictures.

Email: You can share a page as an email or send the entire publication in the email message.

In addition to the above mentioned features, this Office upgrade comes with some pretty changes. The biggest change across the board is the design. The new office has a flat and blocky look that is easier on the eyes. The navigation bar is less crowded and much more efficient. All these improvements add up to a terrific looking set of programs.

Click the link to buy Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium.

Check out this video walk-through for a visual review of Office 365!

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