Those looking to improve business productivity both in and out of the office need to look no further as Microsoft has recently announced its latest iteration of the popular Microsoft Office software in the form of Microsoft Office 2013 and the cloud-based Microsoft Office 365.

Microsoft has seen fit to launch two different variants of its Microsoft Office productivity suite to fit the needs of various businesses and individuals who have varying work ethics, including those of businessmen, right down to students. Now that the workplace is not just confined to cubicles, and education not limited to classrooms, Microsoft is giving the opportunity for them to do work where they wish to.

To demonstrate the point, Microsoft executives took to the streets of Kuala Lumpur in bright orange t-shirts emblazoned with the Microsoft and Office logo as they did work on a variety of devices, including laptops, tablets and smartphones.


The prices for the new Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365 packages

Understanding that the market for the Office software is varied, Microsoft has announced several different software bundles for different needs. The software itself is split into two, in the form of Microsoft Office 2013, the traditional stand-alone office productivity suite and Office 365, its cloud-based sibling, which includes online features such as access to SkyDrive’s 20GB online storage space, Skype World Minutes, for you to make calls online via Skype, Office on Demand, which allows and streaming of full-featured Office applications to any Internet-connected computers.

These are then further split into packages for home users, students and businesses. These packages include the Office Home & Student 2013 at RM 349, Office Home & Business 2013 at RM 889 and Office Professional Plus at RM 1,579. Office 365 meanwhile is offered in the form of Office 365 Premium at RM 259 a year, and can be installed on five computers at any one time, while Office 365 University costs RM 249, can be installed on two computers and select mobile devices, and is valid for four years.