Note: This post is sponsored by Microsoft in that they are providing the giveaways. All words are mine.
While I have always been a Mac girl, I have also always used Microsoft Office. I started my professional life just as desktop computers were taking over the world (thus showing my antiquity) and it was a huge relief when Word, Excel and PowerPoint started playing nice with my OS. Would it surprise you to know that I kick butt at spreadsheets? When you are bad at math and co-own a company, it becomes essential.
As a designer, I have always used the Adobe suite of products (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver). Recently, they moved their apps to a cloud-based service called Creative Cloud – which means you download them from the internet much like we do apps for our phones. No more CDs; in fact my new MacBookPro does not even have a CD/DVD slot.
I remember hearing a speech by Bill Gates once… or perhaps he was quoted in an article (remember, my old age)… where he talked about the future of software. How it would all be in the cloud and the internet would be so fast we would just access everything there. This must have been forever ago, because had I thought the idea was sooooooo far-fetched.
Turns out the future is now, and the first step in that direction is here! Microsoft Office is moving to a similar subscription style service for their products, and honestly I am thrilled. As a small business owner or a personal user, you can break up these large software costs to monthly or yearly fees, and have the latest updates when you need them.
I was already up to the latest version of Office when Microsoft contacted me, so I asked if I could pass the giveaway along to you all. They are kindly giving away three (3) subscriptions for a year of Office 365 Premium! There are more details below, but enter via the Rafflecopter widget now!
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Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium
Family Fun: If you can’t be with your family and friends this holiday season, the new Office can help bring you together. A subscription to Office 365 Home Premium comes with 60 minutes of Skype calls, so you can wish them a “happy holidays” face-to-face.
DIY: Create personalized holiday gift cards, invites and more with Microsoft Office 365 on your Windows 8 device. Upload your creations to SkyDrive and access them on the go from your Windows Phone!
Gift idea for the family under $100: A one-year subscription (US$99.99) includes the applications you know and love (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook) on up to 5 PCs/Macs, plus an additional 20GB of SkyDrive cloud storage.