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New Microsoft Office Launches for $99.99 a Year

Microsoft(NEW YORK) -- After months of public testing, Microsoft is releasing the final version of Office 2013 on Tuesday.

The new software package, dubbed Office 365, has a freshened look and feel, similar to that of Windows 8, and offers a fresh way of paying for and using the programs as well.

Office 365 Home Premium, which includes such familiar programs as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Access, will be offered with a yearly subscription fee.  Instead of buying Office flat-out as you did in the past, you will pay a $99.99 annual charge, which buys you automatic software updates, 20GB of extra storage on SkyDrive (Microsoft's Cloud storage service), 60 Skype world minutes and use of all the Office programs on up to five computers or tablets.

The Office 365 University edition will cost $79.99 for four years; it can only be used on two machines and you can only renew at that price one time.  Office will still be available for $219.99 for those who just want to download it once.  However, the whole point of the new subscription model is that the software is constantly being updated, just like a website or app.

Your Settings Stay with You

While the service has new features and ways of navigating -- for instance, the ribbon at the top of the screen with formatting tools has been hidden and there's a new touch screen setting -- one of the biggest changes comes with how Office works across your devices.

When you log in to Office, you are able to not only save and sync your files to SkyDrive, but also save your settings.  For instance, if you write in a particular font, that font will be the default on any other machine you log on to that has the new version of Office.
Microsoft will still provide its Office web apps for free.  Much like Google's Docs or Drive, you can use the web apps to write and edit your documents with others in the web browser.  The Office programs, however, offer many more features.

Microsoft offers versions of Office 365 for Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone.  While you can use the browser-based version on the iPad, Microsoft does not have a standalone version for the iPad.  

According to Microsoft's Jevon Fark, Microsoft will release the next version of Office for Mac this year.  However, when asked about Office for iPad he said, "Microsoft does not have anything to announce on the iPad."

The software also includes a number of new productivity features, including the ability to edit PDFs in Word; Excel tweaks, which allow you to make charts even faster; and an enhanced presenter mode in PowerPoint.

"This is easily the most ambitious version we have released in the 25 years of Office," Fark told ABC News.

The new Office 365 will only work with Windows 7 and Windows 8; it will not work with Windows XP.  The new version will be available for download Tuesday from

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Calif. Man Busted in Counterfeit Software Scheme

U.S. Department of Justice(LOS ANGELES) -- Hundreds of online shoppers who believed they were purchasing authentic copies of Microsoft Office 2007 CD-ROMs received counterfeit copies of the program, federal agents said Monday in announcing the arrest of a 30-year-old California man.

Collier Harper, of Lakewood, Calif., allegedly imported and sold more than 1,000 bogus copies of the software over the Internet from sites like eBay and Craigslist.

“They look very real or genuine,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Wilkison said.  “That’s sort of the danger.  Somebody can go on eBay and think they’re buying a genuine Microsoft product and in fact it’s not genuine.”

Harper is charged in a four-count federal indictment with trafficking and smuggling.  If convicted, he could face up to 60 years in prison.

Prosecutors claim Harper had the fake software packages shipped from a manufacturer in China and then sold them online in the U.S.  The amount he is accused of selling would have been worth around $150,000 in stores if they had been genuine Microsoft discs.

“This is not a victimless crime,” explained Wilkison.  “It makes the genuine products more expensive for consumers.  I think it makes it more difficult for companies to sell things here in the United States.”

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is assisting in the investigation.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Microsoft Takes Swipe at Google's Online Apps

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(REDMOND, Wash.) -- Microsoft has unveiled a new suite of online software taking direct aim at Google apps.

Office 365 makes many of Microsoft's most important programs, including Office and Exchange, available online.

The service targets businesses, with various prices based on the size of the company. Office 365 debuts next year.

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