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Office 365 Provider Attracts Users with Complimentary Trial of Office 2013 ProPlus

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November 20, 2012

Office 365 Provider Attracts Users with Complimentary Trial of Office 2013 ProPlus

By Jamie Epstein, TMCnet Web Editor

Microsoft (News - Alert), a company deeply rooted in continuously evolving its Office suite including Office 2010 Office 365 and now Office 2013, recently revealed that as a way to expand its customer base, it will be enabling consumers to download Microsoft Office Pro 2013 from its TechNet page.

All that is required for a free 60-day trial is a Microsoft account, and you’ll be provided with a sneak peek into the vast amount of capabilities powered by this offering.

The robust Office Professional Plus 2013 suite encompasses Office, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access and Publisher. Additionally, Lync has is now included for some suites as well as Microsoft SharePoint and e-mail hosting solution Exchange, which both promised will significantly enhance communication and collaboration within any business environment.

According to, touted as a technology navigator, “By offering Office Pro Plus 2013 as a free trial, it seems like Microsoft may be trying to give users a push to subscribe to its Office 365 service which adds powerful cloud-based solutions to the existing host of Office applications.”

 Office 2013 comes in both 32-bit and 64-bit editions that include various programs. While a standalone version of Office 2013 Home & Student is priced at around $149.99 and powers access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, the drawback is that it can only be leveraged on one personal computer.

The Office 365 Home Premium subscription, however, which goes for around $99 a year, comes with all of those offerings plus Publisher, Outlook and Access that are all hosted via the cloud.

Companies and organizations in nearly every industry are continuing to implement Office 365, with a recent one being the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs who has installed Office 365 for Government.

In a five-year contract estimated at nearly $36 million, the department will gain access to an array of key e-mail and calendaring functionalities, which will in turn be used by the VA’s user base of approximately 600,000.

“VA is moving to cloud-based e-mail and collaboration as part of a broader effort to leverage emerging technologies to reduce costs, increase efficiencies and, most importantly, improve service delivery to our nation’s veterans,” said Charles De Sanno, executive director, Enterprise Systems Engineering, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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