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Microsoft launches Office 365 Home Premium

Microsoft has announced the global availability of Office 365 Home Premium.

The cloud-focused productivity suite promises to deliver new features and services directly to Office subscribers as they become available, bucking Microsoft's traditional three-year release cycle.

Office 365 places a persistent emphasis on cloud functionality, with an annual subscription to the Home Premium package – priced at $99.99 (£64) – coming with a complimentary 20GB of free SkyDrive storage. Furthermore, a single licence can cover up to five devices allowing for multiple points of access to a single document.

“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,” extolled Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer.

The Office 365 consumer iteration will feature all of the customary applications such as Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook, while also supporting 21 languages.

The multinational nature of the suite has also been further enhanced by the provision of 60 free Skype world call minutes per month.

Microsoft is also launching an affiliated package aimed at students called Office 365 University, which gives users a four-year subscription for the wallet-friendly price of $79.99 (£51).