- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 29, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft has released a retooled version of its Office software in an effort to extend one of the company’s most important franchises beyond personal computers.

Tuesday’s debut comes six months after Microsoft previewed the new-look Office, which includes popular word processing, spreadsheets and email programs.

The revamped Office boasts touch controls, just like the redesigned version of the Windows operating system that Microsoft Corp. three months ago. The Redmond, Wash., company is trying to ensure its products remain relevant as people increasing rely on smartphones and tablet computers instead of PCs.

Microsoft is offering Office 2013 in a $100 annual subscription package that includes online access on up to five Windows devices or Mac computers. The one-time price to install Office 2013 on a single machine starts at $140.

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