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    Microsoft’s Office 2013 Debuts In Nigeria



    Software giant, Microsoft, has announced the availability of Office 2013, the next iteration of the company’s flagship office product line for consumers in Nigeria.
    Office 2013 has been designed to work with both touch and a mouse and works seamlessly in the cloud giving the user an unmatched on and offline experience, the firm said in a statement.

    “Office 2013 makes the end user more productive in both work and home environment,” the Office Division Group Lead for Microsoft West, East and Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands, Mr. Marc Israel, said.
    “With Office, you can continue working offline, while the integration with cloud technologies allows you to sync your documents seamlessly, allowing you to be far more productive,” he added.

    Cloud technologies are fast becoming part of everyday life, which is why Microsoft’s Office 365 Home Premium makes sense for the African market.
    Office 365 Home Premium, one of the offerings within Office 2013, is a cloud service designed for busy households and people juggling ever-increasing work and family responsibilities, the company explained.

    The new offering includes the latest and most complete set of office applications; works across up to five devices, including Windows tablets, personal computers and Macs and comes with extra SkyDrive storage and Skype calling.
    Speaking during the worldwide unveiling of Office 365 Home Premium in January this year, the Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, highlighted that that marked the next big step in Microsoft’s transformation to a devices and services business.
    Steve Ballmer
    “This is so much more than just another release of office. This is office reinvented as a consumer cloud service with all the full-featured office applications people know and love, together with impressive new cloud and social benefits,” he said.

    Microsoft also announced it would now deliver many new features and services to the cloud first, transforming the company’s traditional three-year release cycle.
    Now, new features and services stream are to be made available to subscribers as soon as they are ready, keeping subscribers always up to date while eliminating the hassles of upgrading.

    “This is a major leap forward,” Israel said, adding: “We know that people’s needs are changing rapidly, particularly on the African continent. This new iteration of Microsoft Office allows them to adopt technology that changes with them, meeting their everyday requirements.”
    Customers believe that the new iteration of Microsoft Office allows them to focus on growing their businesses, rather than IT functions.

    “If there’s one thing I’ve learned in all my years of doing this, it’s that no small business knows how to run a server,” author and small business owner,” David Kroenke, was quoted as saying.
    “And furthermore, they don’t want to run a server. They want to run a business. With Office 365, you can manage your employees, not your computers,” he added.
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