Microsoft announced the availability of Office 2013 and related on-premise server products for business customers via volume licensing this week.
The Dallas-based telecommunications company is acting as a "syndication partner" and resells Office 365 services, which are hosted on Microsoft's servers.
Microsoft's first-quarter earnings for 2013 fell short, with revenue down 8% from the same period during its previous fiscal year. The shortfall was blamed in part on a drop in Windows-based PC demand.
Microsoft Office 2013, SharePoint 2013 and other next-generation products have reached the release-to-manufacturing milestone, the company announced last week.
Google has postponed a planned Google Apps shift in which export support to older Microsoft Office document formats including Word, Excel and PowerPoint would be dropped.
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Organizations that are still using Windows XP should not derail Windows 7 migrations to upgrade to Windows 8, according to Gartner.
Incentives under the subscription model include the ability to run Office on up to five PCs or Macs, increased SkyDrive storage and the assurance of having the most up-to-date Office software.
People who buy Windows RT machines with the Office Home and Student 2013 RT preview preinstalled will get a free upgrade to the final product "starting in early November through January," according to a Microsoft spokesman.
Microsoft offered more details on the improvements in its SharePoint collaboration platform, which is slated to be released as a service and a server in 2013.
Microsoft is upping the ante in Office 2013 by introducing full support for Open XML in addition to other document file formats.
When Microsoft demoed the next version of Office 365 at an event in San Francisco last week, Metro-style versions of the company's service-enabled Office applications were not showcased. Instead, the preview focused on next-generation, desktop versions of the service-enabled Office.
Microsoft executives unveiled the next version of the Office productivity suite on Monday, revamped for touch-based input and remote access to applications and data via the cloud.
Microsoft marked the one-year anniversary this week of Office 365, its cloud-based productivity and collaboration platform, by announcing a free edition for education.
Microsoft is acquiring Yammer Inc., an enterprise social networking service provider, for $1.2 billion in cash, the company announced on Monday.