New Microsoft Office Aims for the Cloud

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Microsoft on Monday unveiled the latest version of its Office platform, providing a new bundle of popular programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more.

To introduce the new offering, Microsoft employees including CEO Steve Ballmer attended a press event in San Francisco, California. Ballmer signaled the new release would “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,” Ballmer stated. The new Office is currently available in a customer preview version via

So how does the new Office interact with cloud? The platform features compatibility with Microsoft cloud service SkyDrive allowing content saving by default. Users can than access the data via cross-device syncing.

New social integration is also featured in the new release. Microsoft has gone ahead and integrates features of professional networking platform Yammer into SharePoint. Also at play is further integration with popular messaging tool Skype. Other key features affect areas such as digital note-taking, meetings via PowerPoint, subscription services and more. Microsoft is expected to roll out Windows 8 in the fall.