Amid remarks about the take-up of the cloud productivity suite among business customers, Ballmer said: “These businesses will get to enjoy the new Office 365 service for businesses beginning Feb. 27.”
Office 365 subscriptions had been bought by one in five enterprise customers since its launch 18 months ago, the Microsoft CEO said. Office 365 had seen a 150 percent increase in the number of small and medium-sized businesses in the past year.
Ballmer’s comments marked the launch of Office 365 Home Premium, a consumer version of Office 365 which gave home users and students cloud-based equivalents of Outlook, Skype and SkyDrive.
Microsoft simultaneously released Office 365 University for college or university students, faculty and staff at a price of just US$79.99 for a four-year subscription. The company also released updated versions of the traditional Office suite: Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013 and Office Professional 2013.