Microsoft has revealed the updated Office 2013 is designed for touch-screen devices such as tablets and smartphones. The new office suite will also integrate with Skype, Yammer and SkyDrive. Other new features are metro interface, eReader mode and social media integration such as Facebook and Linkedin. The new Office will come in multiple versions and multiple brand names. To compete with Google Docs, Office 365 is the online cloud based version of Office.
The shrink-wrapped versions of Office 2013 will be available in three configurations: Home & Student for $139.99, Home & Business for $219.99, and Professional for $399.99.
Office 365 Home Premium will cost $99.99 per year and Office 365 Small Business Premium is pricier at $149.99 per year.
Starting on October 19, anyone who buys Office 2010 or Mac Office 2011 will be eligible for a free year of Office 365 Home Premium or a three-month trial of Office 365 Small Business Premium.