Microsoft unveils the new Office

Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled thecustomer preview of the new Microsoft Office that will harness innovations enabled by Windows 8. The release features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets.

The new Office is social and unlocks modern scenarios in reading, note-taking, meetings and communications and will be delivered to subscribers through a cloud service that is always up to date.

“We are taking bold steps at Microsoft,” Ballmer said at the press conference in San Francisco. “The new, modern Office will deliver unparalleled productivity and flexibility for both consumers and business customers. It is a cloud service and will fully light-up when paired with Windows 8.”

Some of the applications include OneNote and Lync which are designed to deliver touch-first experiences on a tablet. The new Office saves documents to Microsoft’s SkyDrive by default, so your content is always available across your tablet, PC and phone. Your documents are also available offline and sync when you reconnect.

Other social features include Yammer – a secure, private social network for businesses, SharePoint, People Card and Skype

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