A 'Desperate Housewife' will help launch Microsoft Office 2013

Microsoft is gearing up for the launch of Office 2013, and the new version of its Office 365 cloud service, on Tuesday. The company has been promoting, via Twitter, that it will hold some kind of launch event on that day iin Bryant Park in New York City.

Now it looks like Microsoft is recruiting some help from Hollywood for the Office 2013-365 launch. The news also comes from Twitter and actress Felicity Huffman, one of the stars of the recently cancelled TV show Desperate Housewives.

 

Huffman will likely give a demonstration of how she uses Office 365 in her own daily life during the Bryant Park event. Besides her previous acting work (including the sitcom Sports Night) Huffman launched a website called What the Flicka in 2012 that's dedicated to woman and mothers. She's also married to fellow actor William H Macy, with the couple famously referred to as "Filliam H. Muffman" by late night talk show host Stephen Colbert.

Source: Felicity Huffman on Twitter | Image via Felicity Huffman

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for one second i was shocked the moment i read the title! Was wondering what association a desperate housewife would have with Msft

j2006 said,
Actually there are custom cases with that Also many TV shows use them.

That's what I mean, all TV shows use them but I've never seen them in the wild . Custom cases?

She's actually really nice and funny and smart. Just like Jessica Alba. They don't choose dumb celebs like other companies do. The other celebs they used (such as Cam, Gwen, etc.) are not really ambassadors like Jessica and Felicity are.

j2006 said,
She's actually really nice and funny and smart. Just like Jessica Alba. They don't choose dumb celebs like other companies do. The other celebs they used (such as Cam, Gwen, etc.) are not really ambassadors like Jessica and Felicity are.

De gustibus non disputandum est.... Surely I do not see either one picked up by Chanel for the next campaign.....

I hate to say this, but do not under estimate the power of the media - good or bad. In this case bad. I'm not a fan of Kim Kardashian, but when people see her sport an iPhone, people will buy an iPhone because their favorite celebrity is sporting the same device they are using. It is a sad state, but consumers do tend to do that.

Good thing she's an actress, she uses Apple products personally. And unless she actually likes the silly web clients all of this is completely scripted.

You found a need to say that because? Even if the person actually uses the product, the commercial is going to be scripted.

Since she is a business owner, how much you want to be she likely uses Office more than you think?! Let's see...I am sure she sends letters (Word) and I am sure she sends emails (Outlook) . I am sure she tracks some personal finances (Excel) and she likely does have meetings in which she uses presentations (PowerPoint).

I really hate people who just aimlessly troll for no valid reason whatsoever!

TechieXP said,
You found a need to say that because? Even if the person actually uses the product, the commercial is going to be scripted.

Since she is a business owner, how much you want to be she likely uses Office more than you think?! Let's see...I am sure she sends letters (Word) and I am sure she sends emails (Outlook) . I am sure she tracks some personal finances (Excel) and she likely does have meetings in which she uses presentations (PowerPoint).

I really hate people who just aimlessly troll for no valid reason whatsoever!

Well sure she'll use Office, but not Office 365. Office for Mac probably. And chances are she uses the OSX equivalents Mail, Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

I wasn't trolling for no valid reason, or at least that absolutely wasn't my intention. I'm trying to express that I find these sorts of ads pretty lame in that they're never truthful in any way. If you want people to express properly how good Office is then they should genuinly like and use it.

Do your research before you post your crap.
Office 365 is for PCs and Macs.

You can install it on up to 5 devices in your home (including PCs, Macs, tablets, phones)

TechieXP said,
You found a need to say that because? Even if the person actually uses the product, the commercial is going to be scripted.

Since she is a business owner, how much you want to be she likely uses Office more than you think?! Let's see...I am sure she sends letters (Word) and I am sure she sends emails (Outlook) . I am sure she tracks some personal finances (Excel) and she likely does have meetings in which she uses presentations (PowerPoint).

I really hate people who just aimlessly troll for no valid reason whatsoever!

Word? I would agree; Outlook? Possible, but not with such certainty as you imply. Excel to track finances? No way people would you it for personal finance; either way Quicken, which I hate; Money, I still use the free edition after MS decided to stop developing. Excel would be used by people in serious accounting.
Of course at the end of the day it is just speculations on our side; she is just someone paid to appear and play a part. There are people out there that get paid thousands of dollars to go and eat in a specific restaurant.
It is a very well consolidated marketing practice.

Sounds like another conflicted Microsoft campaign. One commercial for, probably, two separate types of users--Office 2013 and Office 365. Is there going to be "compromised UI' for both products? If so, "strike two." (Strike one was with the Metro UI.)

Ok, let's make this simple. Office 365 housed on the internet - cloud use, and Office 2013 is for stand-alone installation for your work or home PC. Then of course, during the event you differentiate between the two.

I really don't see anything confusing about this, plus the fact that companies (in and outside the US) and the DoD has / is moving to Office 365. Me thinks that is a home run for MS without the confusion.

Another simplier way of saying it is:

Office 365 = 5 devices (for PC and Mac) + Cloud versions + Always getting the latest version + other extra goodies (like Skype minutes)

Office 2013 = Only 1 PC