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Oct 12, 2012

Microsoft Office 2013 Goes RTM, Launched in Early 2013

Microsoft has just announced that its upcoming Office version has reached the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) stage, ahead of the public debut in the first quarter of 2013.

The Enterprise version of Office 2013 wolud be rolled out in the next service update, Microsoft said in a blog post, starting in November through general availability. “General availability is planned for the first quarter of 2013. Starting October 19, customers purchasing Office 2010 from local retailers or resellers will receive the new Office for free upon availability,” Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president, Microsoft Office Division, said. Office 365 will be released in two different versions in early 2013, both of which will come with a subscription-based service. A one-year Office 365 Home Premium subscription for up to 5 users will cost $99.99 / €76.30 while the Office 365 Small Business Premium package will have a starting price of $149.99 / €114.5 per year. In addition, the company will also roll out a traditional Office suite that won’t require a subscription, with pricing to begin at $139.99 for Office Home and Student 2013.

Each package comes with all Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access and Publisher, with the subscription-based version allowing buyers to use them on up to 5 different devices at the same time, including desktop PCs and tablets. “The new Office has a fresh, touch friendly design that works beautifully on Windows 8 and unlocks modern scenarios in social, reading, note-taking, meetings and communications. We are proud to achieve this milestone and are eager to deliver this exciting release to our customers,” Koenigsbauer added in his blog post, confirming that Office 2013 has been specifically designed for Windows 8 users.

Office 365 will go on sale in early 2013
Image credits to Microsoft


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