Microsoft announces the availability of Office 2013 in Africa

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Microsoft has announced the availability of Office 2013 in West, East, Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands. Office 2013 has been designed to work with both touch and a mouse, and works seamlessly in the cloud.

“Office 2013 makes the end user more productive in both a work and home environment,” says Marc Israel, Office Division Group Lead for Microsoft West, East and Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands. “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.”

 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 new offering includes the latest and most complete set of Office applications; works across up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs and Macs; and comes with extra SkyDrive storage and Skype calling — all for US$79.00 for an annual subscription, the equivalent of less than US$7.00 per month.

Microsoft also announced it will 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 to subscribers as soon as they are ready, keeping subscribers always up to date while eliminating the hassles of upgrading.

Office Home & Student 2013, Home & Business 2013, Professional 2013 and Office 365 Home Premium are available as of March 19th in all Microsoft Resellers and Retailers across West, East, Central Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. All editions come with a DVD with the exception of Office 365 Home Premium that requires a download from With new streaming technologies and application virtualization, Office applications are ready to be executed on the user’s machine in minutes.

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Here are more facts about  Office 365 Home Premium

Office 365 Home Premium is available in 162 markets in 21 languages and includes the following:


  • Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access

  • One license for the entire household to use Office on up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs or Macs, and Office on Demand available from any Internet-connected PC1

  • An additional 20 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage, nearly three times the amount available with a free SkyDrive account

  • 60 free Skype world calling minutes per month to call mobile phones, landlines or PCs around the world2

  • Future upgrades, so you always use the latest time-saving technology

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