SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has opened the doors of its Office 2013 productivity suite to interested users and developers.
The attraction of productivity packages is that they are sleek and easy to use, and the fact that Office 2013 is, is Microsoft's central message here. Microsoft is teaching old dogs like Powerpoint some new tricks and linking its office based software like Exchange to its web-based options, like Outlook 2013.
"We know our users spend an incredible amount of time using the Microsoft Office suite - think of how much time you spend reading through email, writing reports, analysing data, preparing sales figures or sharing proposals with your team," blogged Narasimhan Vivek, Sharepoint product manager.
"We also know that many critical tools and many critical information sources live on the web or in applications outside of Office. We've built the store so you could integrate the very best of the web with the powerful features of Office and Sharepoint."
We live in an app-obsessed world now and Vivek said that installing and using apps for Office is going to get easier for users and easier to monetise. Apps will be "extensively validated" and reviewed for performance and security.
Developers are likely to be tempted by the ease with which users can buy apps, and the mention of Office's "over a billion users". Those with an app to submit can do so through the "Seller's dashboard".
A detailed licensing agreement is available, and the nut of that might be that Microsoft's cut of each sale is 20 per cent. µ