Microsoft Has an Offer Office 2010 Users Can't Refuse
On December 3, Microsoft Malaysia made an exciting announcement that benefits consumers who are looking to purchase the retail package version of Office 2010. For those who purchase Office 2010 from now until April 30, 2013, they will be able to upgrade to the new Office 2013 for free. This is part of the pre-launch offer for the upcoming release of the Microsoft Office productivity suite.
Besides the announcement above, Microsoft also announced that commercial customers can also now purchase the on-premise versions of the new Office products – including Office 2013, Exchange Server 2013, Lync Sever 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, Project 2013 and Viso 2013 – through Microsoft Volume Licensing.
“This is the biggest and most exciting release of Office yet! With the new Office, we have a better story than ever with Windows, as well as major value in the new Office with devices and mobility, enterprise social, real-time communications, compliance, and cloud,” said Danny Ong, Chief Marketing & Operations Officer for Microsoft Malaysia.
To qualify for this upgrade, consumers, students and small businesses must purchase, install and activate the retail package version of Office 2010 or Office for Mac 2011. Consumers will then need to sign up for an email reminder at www.office.com/offer to be notified when they can redeem their offer. Consumers will then be able to download the new Office version for free when it is broadly available by returning to the same site once they receive the email notification. An Office Product Key validation is required to redeem the free upgrade offer.
As for Office 2013, Exchange 2013, Lync 2013, SharePoint 2013, Project 2013 and Visio 2013, it is now available to commercial customers via Microsoft Volume Licensing. Commercial customers who are interested in deploying the latest version of Microsoft's productivity, communication and collaboration solutions should contact their Microsoft Account Team or Microsoft Partner.
Some of the cool new features that are available in the final version of the new Office include:
- Working beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard to give users the ultimate productivity experience. It brings the same Office experience to a wide range of new devices and gives users the best experience on Windows.
- It is inherently social with real-time news feed for people, documents and discussions, high-definition video conferencing, shared notebooks and virtual whiteboards.
- Provides security features without compromise, includes data loss prevention, compliance management, built-in malware protection, and the flexible deployment options across on-premises and in the cloud.
- The new Office is in the cloud. Combined with new cloud services available next year, the new Office will save documents to SkyDrive by default, and a user's personalized settings, templates and documents will travel with then.
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