The new Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium is out and quite simply, it is a game changer. I just came back from the new Office 365 Experience (launch) at CitiPond at Bryant Park, NYC where I had the opportunity to work with BlogHer to gather tips and ideas on how to use new Office to be more productive. The Office Experts were at different activity hubs within the Office 365 Experience to discuss connecting, sharing, personalizing and exploring.
As a busy mom pressed for time, having my documents, spreadsheets, presentations, photos and videos in different silos was not working out very well. I spent too much time trying to remember the location of the latest version a document, or location of a photo…. did I have access to it from my online device or offline on my desktop? And my “office” location rotates on a daily basis from my desk, to a client’s meeting room, to a coffee house and even inside my minivan while waiting for my kids to get out of school. Enough was enough, managing my information was stressing me out! Especially with the new reality that the 9 to 5 workday is history, I need access to all of my information across all my devices no matter where I am.
For quite some time, I have used Microsoft Office 2010 for my social media work and my whole family has used Word, Excel and PowerPoint for homework, creative projects, communication and all things productivity. So when I received an advanced copy of the new Office a week ago, I looked forward to seeing how using Office 365 Home Premium could change my daily workflow. I also looked forward to learning new tips from the Office 365 Experience launch.
Many cloud-based productivity suites already exist, but what impressed me about the new Office 365 Home Premium is the seamless workflow between devices, online and offline. For me, that seamless integration not only simplified my day, but gave me the confidence to know how to access the most current version of my information no matter where I was working. Adding in my new Windows 8 PCs meant that I could also use the new Office with touch or a stylus as easily as a mouse and keyboard. My day seemed to flow so much better, it was simply a game changer for my work and home productivity.
Here are some of the exciting features of the new Office.
- A single subscription to Office 365 Home Premium allows the use of Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs shared among all users in the home and includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, and Publisher. Upgrades are now automatic.
- Subscribers also have flexibility to change their 5 devices at any time. This means that instead of Office belonging to one device, it belongs to the subscriber across devices.
- This subscription also includes 60 minutes of Skype world calling per month and 20 GB SkyDrive storage in addition to the 7GB every Microsoft Account holder gets for free. Additional Skydrive storage is available.
- Office 365 Home Premium is available in both physical and online stores for $99.99 billed annually ( a great deal at $8.34 per month). A free 30 day trial is also available online.
- Subscribers can stream full Office apps to any Internet-connected Windows 7 or 8 PC with Office on Demand. With Office Web apps you can view, create and edit Office files on virtually any device, enabling sharing and collaboration.
- Office 365 Home Premium applications allow the flexibility of writing, typing or using touch.
They all highlighted how the new Office has changed the way they manage their home and work lives, online and offline. I especially enjoyed their tips on how they use Office to organize their day as busy parents and professionals. A video of the interviews along with a VIP tour of the Office 365 Experience will be posted soon on Techmamas.com and BlogHer.com.
Here are some of the pictures from the Office 365 Experience at CitiPond at Bryant Park (photos in PowerPoint stored in Skydrive):
I will be sharing additional details and tips about the New Office in future upcoming videos with TechMamas.com and BlogHer. The New Office 365 Experience will be at Bryant Park until Saturday – so if you live in NYC stop by to discover more about the new Office. If you are not near NYC, visit Office.com to learn more.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All of my words are my own.