Today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the public release of the Consumer Preview of the next generation of Microsoft Office, Office 2013 (code named Office 15) but available as Office 365 on Microsoft Office Preview website.
Designed to be the best Office ever in both Tablet and Desktop world, Office 365 Preview brings you the best on Windows 8 Devices, heavily integrated with the cloud service like SkyDrive, social networks, and seamlessly and virtually connects you with your family, co-workers, and friends anywhere. The integration of Skype will be available with the full release that includes 60 minutes of free international calls every month to landlines in over 40 countries and to cell phones in 7 countries.
Office 365 Consumer Preview comes mainly with 4 editions to choose from:
The Home Premium edition includes the license for using Office on up to 5 PCs or tablets. It’s the best option for a family or a personalized office with up to 5 members.
The most obvious is that Office 365 only works on Windows 7 or newer, both 32-bit or 64-bit editions. It’s impossible to install and run it on a PC running on Windows XP or Vista.
- Computer and processor: 1 Ghz or greater x86/x64 Processor with SSE2 instruction set
- Memory: 1 GB RAM (32 Bit) /2 GB RAM (64 Bit)
- Hard disk: 3.5 GB free disk space
- Graphics: Graphics hardware acceleration requires DirectX10 graphics card and 1024 x 576 resolution
Where to Download
Head over to Office 365 Preview page, and select a version you would like to try out on the right side panel to start with. You will need to have a Windows Live account to sign in to be able to download and install the software.
Alternatively, you can also try out individual applications as well directly from Microsoft Office Preview homepage.
If you live in a World that can’t survive without Microsoft Office, you are better be prepared to start evaluating and getting familiar with it now to be ahead of most of the rest of the Office users.
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