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Microsoft is taking its next Office platform into the clouds, and it’s making sure that the suite is optimized for nearly all hardware and devices.

Microsoft is taking its next Office platform into the clouds, and it’s making sure that the suite is optimized for nearly all hardware and devices.

An official Microsoft Office blog post states:

“It doesn't matter if you have your hands on a PC, a Mac, a touch-enabled Windows tablet, or a mobile phone; Office takes full advantage of your hardware to give you the best possible experience and access to your work wherever you go.”

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In addition to optimizing its Office product for different hardware and devices, Microsoft will also allow users to install up to 5 copies on PCs or Macs. 

Building upon its Office 2010 Click-2-Run (C2R) technology, Microsoft claims that they have made “vast improvements” on their virtualization technology, which will “dramatically simplify Office deployment for organizations.”

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Microsoft will also provide Office on the go through a temporary solution, dubbed “Office on Demand”, for its customers.  Google Doc users may find this feature especially appealing since it allows people to collaborate on documents through group editing and commenting.

“Office on Demand streams and launches a temporary copy of your personalized Office application without installing it permanently…”

“Collaboration and sharing – you can now co-author in all four Web Apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote). We've also integrated commenting and sharing into the Web Apps hosted on SkyDrive and Office 365.”

Microsoft is promising cloud features that may blow competitions out of the water.  However, the price tag of MS Office may still deter some (evident from past Office products), but by optimizing Office for many devices and hardware, Microsoft may win over consumers that utilize different devices for their tasks.