Microsoft releases Office 365 Home Premium commercial

Microsoft's already made a nearly $2 billion marketing commitment for its Windows 8 operating system, and it appears the company isn't done with its marketing efforts just yet.

A new 30-second commercial for Microsoft's new Office 365 Home Premium service has been uploaded to the company's YouTube page, touting the cloud storage and syncing capabilities of the service as well as the fact that up to 5 PCs or Macs are included in the yearly $99 subscription cost.

While the fact that a company of Microsoft's stature is advertising a newly released product or service isn't surprising, the fact that it's advertising a service in its Office line is. Previously, Microsoft's done little advertising for its Office productivity suite, instead relying on word of mouth – and, honestly, the fact that there simply isn't much in the way of competing software with the same amount of features and polish.

With Microsoft attempting to transition customers to a new subscription model with Office 365, however, the company clearly wants people to know about the service. Earlier this week, it also released a video featuring company CEO Steve Ballmer discussing how he uses the service.

Source: YouTube

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Interesting that they used a Windows 7 tablet in the commercial...not that it matters because the images were simulated, but still interesting.

Less than $20 per device for Office for a year - kept up to date, 60 mins of Skype per month and 20GB of SkyDrive - that's a pretty good deal.

Not sure I'd compare that to Google Docs.

Will this be available worldwide, or just the US and other selected countries? I am keenly awaiting this service.

Good luck to them, no way I'm going to pay them $99 per year.

Google Docs starting to look very good for cloud Office apps

ingramator said,
Office 365 is actually gonna be pretty cool for users with multiple devices and always mobile!

Agreed. And comparing Office to Google Docs is nothing short of ridiculous...

dvb2000 said,
Good luck to them, no way I'm going to pay them $99 per year.

Google Docs starting to look very good for cloud Office apps


Nothing stops you from using the free Office Web Apps

dvb2000 said,
Good luck to them, no way I'm going to pay them $99 per year.

Google Docs starting to look very good for cloud Office apps

You realize that Microsoft offers cloud web apps for free as well, right?
It's called SkyDrive, and you should try it before sounding ignorant.