Microsoft Office 2013 officially launched in the Philippines – social features, cloud capabilities and more

Microsoft Philippines has officially launched Office 2013 in the Philippines today. The newest  iteration of Microsoft’s productivity suite sports a new array of features that the company says makes it relevant to modern day users. The new office boasts cloud functionality, which allows users to share access to files on the web easily.Microsoft has also made it easy for Outlook users to check their social stream – you can now check your Facebook and LinkedIn account without switching to another Windows.

Microsoft Office 2013 also boasts increased touchscreen functionality, giving users with touchscreen equipped notebooks the ability to draw directly on documents and other office related programs. We’ll be going in-depth about the new features of Office 2013 at a later date.

What’s surprising is that aside from offering the traditional software package (you buy the software for you to use on one PC) Microsoft is also offering the newest iteration of Office as a subscription service. Office 365 Home Premium allows customers to install the software in a total of 10 devices (five PCs and five tablets) for one year, which includes extra SkyDrive capacity (Microsoft’s cloud storage service) as well as 60 minutes of free Skype world minutes. Both versions of the new Office is priced at Php 3,499.