Microsoft begins updating Office RT to final version

One of the major selling points of Windows RT tablets is the full, albeit Windows RT version of Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student. The version included on tablets such as the Surface out of the box is branded as a Preview, with Microsoft originally expecting to roll out a final version sometime in November.

Despite Microsoft's original predictions, Ars Technica is reporting that the final version of Office 2013 RT is starting to be delivered through Windows Update, meaning you should be able to get your hands on it as soon as you unbox your tablet on October 26th. The update is reportedly around 580 MB and removes the "Preview" branding around the interface and splash screens; no other bug or feature updates were mentioned although we expect there are a few.

The Windows RT edition of Office 2013 comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote for personal use only, and will be pre-loaded for free on any tablet running Microsoft's ARM-only version of Windows.

Source: Ars Technica | Image via Microsoft

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Wait, it ships with a version that has "Preview" in it? God how confusing for the average user. Oh, and then there's a 580MB update that needs to be downloaded and installed? That's really unfortunate.

PUC_Snakeman said,
Wait, it ships with a version that has "Preview" in it? God how confusing for the average user. Oh, and then there's a 580MB update that needs to be downloaded and installed? That's really unfortunate.
I think most OEMs will bundle this into their windows 8 products. Maybe not for October 26th, but very shortly. Actually are their any other WinRT announced tablets yet? Microsoft *might* have gotten it in for the surface release since they had a copy of RTM before anyone else, but who knows.

PUC_Snakeman said,
Wait, it ships with a version that has "Preview" in it? God how confusing for the average user. Oh, and then there's a 580MB update that needs to be downloaded and installed? That's really unfortunate.

Seriously, how the hell is it confusing? The icons look normal and the programs function normal. They just say "Preview" when loading. Windows Update is automatic and should happen without lots of users even knowing.

mrp04 said,

Seriously, how the hell is it confusing? The icons look normal and the programs function normal. They just say "Preview" when loading. Windows Update is automatic and should happen without lots of users even knowing.

Actually the preview is not identical. It lacks features as noted in the fine print on the surface website. There will be users who don't know they can update it or won't. It was a bad idea to ship the product with a beta IMHO.

Especially when the final release was so close anyway. They probably should have just made office a download if they were fojg to go this route.

LogicalApex said,
There will be users who don't know they can update it or won't.

Isn't Windows Update enabled by default?

If someone connects their Surface to the Internet (which is a given) updates will be downloaded automatically. Why would they choose not to download updates?

Ace said,

Isn't Windows Update enabled by default?

If someone connects their Surface to the Internet (which is a given) updates will be downloaded automatically. Why would they choose not to download updates?

Exactly, unless they go and change WU to not automatically install updates then they'll get the RTM version package. They'll just restart the device one day and see that it doesn't say "Preview" in Word anymore and not think twice about it.

Ace said,

Isn't Windows Update enabled by default?

If someone connects their Surface to the Internet (which is a given) updates will be downloaded automatically. Why would they choose not to download updates?

There will be users who don't update. And the stupid part is you'll need to download this update anytime the device is restored to factory as well. I just think they shouldn't have shipped this thing with a BETA on it.

PUC_Snakeman said,
Wait, it ships with a version that has "Preview" in it? God how confusing for the average user. Oh, and then there's a 580MB update that needs to be downloaded and installed? That's really unfortunate.

Didn't seem to bother the Apple fans when they shipped Sirius with the beta tag. Or Google fans when practically everything they ship has beta plastered all over it for years. But Microsoft ships something beta and that will confuse people and drive them away.

Does anyone know if Office 365 Pro Plus subscribers are getting the Office 2013 update any time soon? I'm thinking of getting the addon when they add it to their small business offerings.

MDboyz said,
This answers a lot of rumors about surface coming with only preview version.

It does come with a preview version which is required to update the Office RT via Windows Updates

MDboyz said,
This answers a lot of rumors about surface coming with only preview version.

Rumour, it was not. Right on the pre-order page it says that it is preview.

Right but many said you would have to pay to update to final version. Now it does make the price more attractive, since office 2013 package which is priced around $100 is free now.

brent3000 said,

It does come with a preview version which is required to update the Office RT via Windows Updates