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Microsoft Wants You to Pay as You Go for New Office

January 29, 2013
Every few years you can count on Microsoft to come calling with a fresh version of Office, the bread and butter productivity software suite that's headlined by Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Microsoft will tinker with the interface from time to time (on occasion dramatically) and pile on new features. Never mind that only a relatively small number of the features already on hand are ever put in the regular rotation of any typical Office user.

But Microsoft claims the brand new Office 365 Home Premium that launches Tuesday is the most ambitious



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