Microsoft confirms final version of Office RT 2013 now available

A few days ago, it was reported that Microsoft has started the process of updating the Windows RT version of Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student from the current preview version to the final version, well ahead of Microsoft's previous schedule.

Today, Microsoft confirmed in a post on the official Office blog that the final version of Office Home & Student 2013 RT is indeed ready for download for people who own Windows RT-based products, including the Surface tablet. Microsoft stated:

Customers who buy a Windows RT device will automatically receive the final release of Office Home & Student 2013 RT, a few days after they first use their new device (Wi-Fi connection required). Alternatively they can manually download the final release immediately via Windows Update.

As we have reported before, this Office software bundle that comes with Windows RT contains versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. It will be included in all Windows RT products, including the Surface, the Asus Vivo Tab RT and the Dell XPS 10 tablets.

Microsoft said that, in a recent study commissioned by Morgan Stanley Research, " ... it found that 61 percent of potential tablet purchasers consider Microsoft Office to be the single most important software feature when considering a tablet purchase." This will likely give the Surface tablet a major foot up on its competition.

Source: Office Next blog | Image via Microsoft

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I've been holding out on getting a tablet for some years now, as I've struggled to justify the cost.
Having Office, as well as what I've seen on synchronization between devices, makes the Surface a device I really want as part of my daily business tools.

To me, this is a major factor in getting the Surface. Office, even just the above-mentioned apps, is huge. And for free!! Splendid

devHead said,
To me, this is a major factor in getting the Surface. Office, even just the above-mentioned apps, is huge. And for free!! Splendid

Exactly. You can play Angry Birds on an iPad or you can grab Surface and do big boy work... then play Angry Birds.

scumdogmillionaire said,

Exactly. You can play Angry Birds on an iPad or you can grab Surface and do big boy work... then play Angry Birds.

Because there aren't any productivity apps for iOS.

/s

virtorio said,
Because there aren't any productivity apps for iOS.

/s

Yeah some basic app for a phone OS is really going to compare to Office.

Does this even need a sarcasm tag?

scumdogmillionaire said,

Office > whatever "Productivity Apps" exist. As good as they may be... they're not Office.

I never said they were at the same level of Office. I'm saying that iOS can be used to do more than play Angry Birds.

Yeah some basic app for a phone OS is really going to compare to Office.

Yawn

Edited by virtorio, Oct 23 2012, 10:30pm :

virtorio said,
Because there aren't any productivity apps for iOS.

/s

It isn't so much that there aren't productivity apps for iOS or OS X, but that people who use Apple products aren't so much interested in productivity, but just goofing around.

devHead said,

It isn't so much that there aren't productivity apps for iOS or OS X, but that people who use Apple products aren't so much interested in productivity, but just goofing around.

Well if that's your mindset it's pointless in me even bothering.

virtorio said,
Well if that's your mindset it's pointless in me even bothering.

Well, I was only trying to be mildly sardonic. In actuality I'm quite reasonable. Having said that, the most serious things you can do with an iPad are still primarily in the range of consumption, not creation.