Office 365 users to get Office 2016 free

NEW DELHI: The Redmond-based technology major Microsoft said that all users who have a subscription of Office 365, which is a cloud-based service, will get the new Office 2016 for free.

Other users can purchase the new suite, which is available in 14 Indian languages and 47 languages globally, starting September 23.

“Starting today, Office 365 subscribers can choose to download the new Office 2016 apps as part of their subscription. Automatic updates will begin rolling out to consumer subscribers next month,” the company said.

The Office 365 Personal edition (for one user — one PC + one Tablet + one Phone) will cost Rs 3,299 per annum and Office 365 Home (for five users — five PCs + five Tablets + five phones) will cost Rs 4,199 per annum.

“The Office 2016 for Business, which comes in two formats — Standard and Professional Plus, will cost the customer Rs 24,844 and Rs 33,911 respectively,” Microsoft said.

The mid-range Office 2016 Perpetual suite will be available for Rs 5,999 for the Students edition and Rs 18,499 for Business edition.

The Office 2016 suite comes with 1 terabyte of OneDrive cloud storage which will be soon scaled up to unlimited space, according to Alok Lall, director of Microsoft Office Division, India.

The company also said that the new version of software productivity suite will increase efficiency and productivity of various organisations and individuals.

“Keeping in line with chief executive Nadella’s idea of making the company ‘mobile first, cloud first’, Microsoft’s new Office 2016 has been configured in such a way that it will not only break through the work-space-time continuum making way for increased productivity and efficiency but also encourage more BYOD in the country,” Lall told IANS at the sidelines of the launch event.

“At Microsoft we are also capable of deciding and handling management rights, privacy of different files, which means the administrator can choose how much of what file or resource he wants the user to see or edit,” he explained, adding that “this is going to encourage more BYOD as it saves time and cost for several enterprises especially small and medium businesses (SMBs).”

The new version of the software productivity suite also works with other mobile devices on three different popular platforms letting users pick up from where they left off at another device.