Microsoft Office 2013 reaches RTM stage

About three months after Microsoft launched a free preview version of Office 2013, the company has announced that the major work behind the final shipping version of its latest productivty software suite is completed.

In a post on the official Office blog, Microsoft said:

Moments ago, the Office engineering team signed off on the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build. This milestone means the coding and testing phase of the project is complete and we are now focused on releasing the new Office via multiple distribution channels to our consumer and business customers.

People who get the current retail version of Office 2010 starting on October 19 will be able to get a free copy of Office 2013 when it ships sometime in the first quarter of 2013. As previously announced, people who purchase a new Windows RT-based hardware product on or after October 26th will get a "preview" version of Office 2013.

The blog also said that subscribers to Office 365 Enterprise will get some "new capabilities" in an upcoming update that will be made available in November. TechNet and MSDN subscribers, along with Volume Licensing customers with Software Assurance will be able to get their hands on Office 2013 sometime in mid-November.

Source: Office blog | Image via Microsoft

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Oh i know others like it but i cannot stand this new interface. I will have to keep my older version of Office

siah1214 said,
You must be using a different beta than I.

The poster may have been referring to the Office 15 pre-beta - which was quite glitchy. What I love about Office 2013 is that I was able to ditch all my add-ins - and especially the Social Connector; I no longer need it, even for Facebook, let alone Hotmail/Outlook.com (not even with Outlook 2013 x64).

dtboos said,
I can't go back to 2010. Lovin 2013 in my office and at home.

So has everyone I've upgraded (and I'm the ONLY one of those running Windows 8 - everyone else is running Office 2013+Windows 7). Performance, performance, and far less need for add-ins. (In most cases, Outlook 2013 users will need none.)

What is the compelling need, if any, for one to migrate from Office 2010 to Office 2013? Most especially when one will be staying with full-size laptops or desktops running Windows-7?

TsarNikky said,
What is the compelling need, if any, for one to migrate from Office 2010 to Office 2013? Most especially when one will be staying with full-size laptops or desktops running Windows-7?

Smoothness.

TsarNikky said,
What is the compelling need

the Review part in Word is much better now, less messy. Powerpoint object placement (lining up with already existing objects etc) on a page is improved.

TsarNikky said,
What is the compelling need, if any, for one to migrate from Office 2010 to Office 2013? Most especially when one will be staying with full-size laptops or desktops running Windows-7?

What if you are equipping a company? or getting a new additional pc for you or your family? that's what it's for.

DerAusgewanderte said,

the Review part in Word is much better now, less messy. Powerpoint object placement (lining up with already existing objects etc) on a page is improved.

Office 2013 doesn't really seem much different to me vs. what I last used (which was 2007). I mean yea it looks different..but other than that.

Dr_Asik said,
Shall we get any other theme than h-bomb white this time?

The folks developing Office seemed to acknowledge that folks wanted themes, and less white. We'll see what they came up with.

Dr_Asik said,
Shall we get any other theme than h-bomb white this time?

I really hope so, I'll be entirely disappointed with the entire 2012 range of new software otherwise

shockz said,

I really hope so, I'll be entirely disappointed with the entire 2012 range of new software otherwise

Visual Studio 2012 is great is in this regard, the light theme is easy on the eyes and there's a really dark theme for those into that (like me). Office should take some lessons from the VS team.

Dr_Asik said,
Shall we get any other theme than h-bomb white this time?

Pretty much likely - including some of the new themes from Visual Studio 2012 (from which Office 2013 draws a ton of visual cueing; not exactly news, as the same was true with Office 2010 and Visual Studio 2010).

As long as the performance doesn't screw the pooch compared to the Preview (which smacks Office 2010 around with a nurse shark) it's almost a no-brainer upgrade for anyone that uses Office (or even most alternatives to Office) - and especially those running - believe it or not - Windows 7.

Dr_Asik said,
Shall we get any other theme than h-bomb white this time?

White, light grey and dark grey. Those are your choices.

Dr_Asik said,
Visual Studio 2012 is great is in this regard, the light theme is easy on the eyes and there's a really dark theme for those into that (like me). Office should take some lessons from the VS team.

The light one hurts my eyes (as does Aero Light in Windows 8). The black one is simply too dark for me... Reverted to VS2010 - it's not as if their new C++ compiler would really improve upon the previous one (already way behind the competition...)

Unlikely; usually, Beta versions of software have to be uninstalled before installing the release version. But most likely all your settings, templates, mail accounts and the like will be preserved.

devHead said,
Unlikely; usually, Beta versions of software have to be uninstalled before installing the release version. But most likely all your settings, templates, mail accounts and the like will be preserved.

Windows 8 supported upgrade from the Consumer Preview. Who's to say they won't do the same with Office (especially considering that upgrading an OS is much tougher task than a software suite that simply runs on top of it).

Obry said,

Windows 8 supported upgrade from the Consumer Preview. Who's to say they won't do the same with Office (especially considering that upgrading an OS is much tougher task than a software suite that simply runs on top of it).

Because they didn't with Office 2010.

I'm not sure if they have anything else planned, but the "new capabilities" they are talking about are the upgraded web apps that Skydrive has currently.

Just in time for the Surface to come out I guess >_<

Cutting it kind of close I think....

Cant wait to upgrade to it from the beta 1 month to go

brent3000 said,
Just in time for the Surface to come out I guess >_<

Cutting it kind of close I think....

Windows RT tablets will come with a preview version of Office 2013. It says so right here in the article. The RTM of Office 2013 has nothing to do with that.

Think about it, with only 2 weeks to launch, most of the RT tablets will have been manufactured and pre-loaded with the OS already. Microsoft will update the tablets to full RTM version at a later date, likely at the same time as the GA.