CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

24 February 2014

Kenya: Microsoft Extends Office 365 Home Premium to More Users and Mobile Devices

Office 365 can now be shared by up to 5 people across 5 different devices through one subscription making it cheaper for families and friends.

The home premium that was launched in early 2013 targets families who wish to stay afloat on the latest offices technologies however due to increased abandoning of PCs in favour of mobile devices the company has now extended the subscription to such devices.

According to Office Division Group Lead for Microsoft West, East and Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands Marc Israel this will be beneficial to the continent that has a majority of people accessing the internet and the cloud through mobile devices.

In the past, it has been common for families and friends to share a single desktop computer. We know that today this is a declining trend particularly because of the high growth of mobile device adoption in Africa. But this shouldn't mean abandoning the advantages and cost-savings of shared technology resources completely, especially with the power of the cloud, which enables sharing across different form factors and geographies," he says.

As a result each user will get their own 20GB of OneDrive an extension to more users from the previous one subscriber.

This also means that the whole family will get 100GB of additional storage in addition to five installs of the latest office suite and 60 free skype world calling credits.

Since the launch of Microsoft Office 365 in Kenya and other East and Southern Africa markets the company says there has been an increased uptake especially by businesses with the business suite delivering.

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