Revealed on the 23rd of September and automatically available for those who are subscribed to Office 365, Microsoft Office 2016 is finally available in physical retail form in Malaysia. In conjunction with the productivity software launch, the Asia Pacific division of the Redmond natives carried out a survey to gauge how working professionals in 10 countries adapt to their work-life.
Finding a middle ground for most working professionals is definitely tough task to approach. Somewhere in between the hustle of our work lives and our personal time the line differentiating the two is slowly becoming smaller and smaller. The Malaysian workforce seem to agree and want access to the tools necessary to complete their work-related tasks regardless of their location – based on Microsoft Asia Pacific’s “New World of Work” survey.
Malaysians surveyed shared their thoughts on the following three aspects of the questionnaire:
Place – discusses if offices should be equipped to allow employees freedom to work anywhere, depending if they need to be at work, home or be on-site with customers
People – questions if employees have flexibility at work and have the right environment to cultivate in the new digital work culture
Technology – asks employees whether they have the technology to grow in their collaborative environment
Here were some of the results:
56% of Malaysians feel that the office is still the number 1 location for productivity
81% of Malaysians agreed that the boundaries of contact need to extent outside of the work place for work to be completed effectively; meaning they still have to step in to get stuff done.
69% of those surveyed feel that their place of work won’t be supportive of them working from home
83% of the Malaysians would rather work on their own terms; e.g. where and when
48% replied that they need the tools in order to collaborate with their co-workers
48% said they don’t have access to the necessary tools to be productive while collaborating
Head on over here for a run-down of Office 2016’s features and how it’ll help all of us collaborate through Office 365 and Office 2016.
All of Office 2016’s apps will support over 40 languages and can be installed on machines running Windows 7 or later / Mac OS X version 10.10 or later. Pricing ranges from RM 219.99/per year – Office 365 Personal (w/ GST) to RM 1,099/one-off – Office Home & Business 2016 (w/ GST). The full list of prices can be found here.
If you’d prefer to see the product up close and personal, you can head over to any of these participating retail outlets (where you stand a chance to win some great prizes on the 17th/18th/24th/25th October):
Microsoft Authorised Reseller Store
Plaza Low Yat
Plaza Low Yat
Thunder Match Technology
Plaza Low Yat
One Utama (Aeon)