Microsoft shows off Office 2013 on Windows RT at TechEd

Earlier today, Microsoft took the stage in Orlando to talk about Windows 8 and briefly showed off Office 2013. This is the second time that Microsoft has shown off a live demo of the platform and another interesting note is that the Office 2013 seems all but official as the branding can clearly be seen above. 

Microsoft held until the very end of the hour long presentation to finally show off something new but the wait, as it seems, was well worth it as we finally got a look in to how Office will look (and act) on Windows RT. While only the Excel application was shown, the application does look quite similar to the traditional Office suite that we know and love. 

This preview was another small window in to the world of Windows RT and as we get closer to launch of Windows 8 RT and Office 2013, we will surely hear more about both platforms and how the two products will mesh in the tablet environment. 

At this time there is not an official release date for Office 2013, but as the name suggest, that platform will clearly be hitting retail shelves sometime next year. Rumors have pegged early 2013 for the launch, which makes sense, as the platform appears to be moving full steam ahead as indicated by the leaks. It is speculated that Microsoft could release a public beta of the platform as early as this week, but so far, nothing has been announced. 

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finally got a look in to how Office will look (and act) on Windows RT

Um... Microsoft has shown Office running on ARM (Windows RT) several times already.

1) Their initial WOA demo included Office 2010 and other 'desktop' Apps running on ARM.
2) There is NO reason it should act any differently. This is just a recompiled version of NT with a ARM based HAL.
3) Yes this is a first look at Office 2013, but we have seen the non-Windows RT leaks already, and they are going to be the same.

I'm not sure if these articles are to be sensational, or if the author really doesn't get that WOA is the same OS. Go read the first edition of Inside NT or go look up NT HAL.

Here is the base concept.

Instead of NT being written to a specific platform architecture, it is written to it's own general architecture. Even on x86 or x64, NT is written for its internal CPU architecture. The HAL is the portion that is specifically written to the CPU/Architecture, and it then provides the NT architecture to the NT kernel, while doing various types of translation to the actual hardware.

So Windows 8 running on ARM is not any more dramatic than Windows 8 running on x64 or i64, as they also have a different HAL from the x86 version and are just recompiled for each different architecture.

So by wanting to see how the same software "will look and act" on Windows RT is kind of silly.

If you wrote, "We want to see how Office 2013 will look (and act) on the x64 version of Windows 8," do you not think that would sound a bit silly?

So by separating out Windows RT it is a silly statement.

You know, if the desktop apps theme looks anything like the Office 2013 (RT) theme, the former's theme will be nice! I like it!

A340600 said,
You know, if the desktop apps theme looks anything like the Office 2013 (RT) theme, the former's theme will be nice! I like it!

They would be the same.

The difference is simply recompiling for the ARM or x86 or x64 CPUs.

Office 2010 shipped with x86 and x64 editions, did you notice that they looked different? Of course not, because they are just recompiled for the different architecture, it is the same code base.

I hope there is more to Office 2013 than just a few UI and look changes and "simplification". MS, take a cue from Pages and Keynote.

xpclient said,
I hope there is more to Office 2013 than just a few UI and look changes and "simplification". MS, take a cue from Pages and Keynote.

Keynote yes, but Pages is horrible.

xpclient said,
I hope there is more to Office 2013 than just a few UI and look changes and "simplification". MS, take a cue from Pages and Keynote.

bahahahahaha.... I thought this man was a XP fanboy...but no...he is just an ifanboy.

xpclient said,
I hope there is more to Office 2013 than just a few UI and look changes and "simplification". MS, take a cue from Pages and Keynote.

Oh yes look to Apple's 28 year old UI ideas for moving users to the future.

There is a reason the rest of the world moved away from floating palettes and tear offs 20 years ago.

Really?

How about Microsoft implement Numbers speed difference as well, so we can have time to make Coffee while trying to load a 500kb file.

Wow...

thenetavenger said,

Oh yes look to Apple's 28 year old UI ideas for moving users to the future.

There is a reason the rest of the world moved away from floating palettes and tear offs 20 years ago.

Really?

How about Microsoft implement Numbers speed difference as well, so we can have time to make Coffee while trying to load a 500kb file.

Wow...

Ok, so I'm not the only one who thought it was a bit strange that Numbers was slowing down a quad core Mac Pro on a spreadsheet with only about 500 rows of data, no complex formulas (not that I'd try complex formulas in Numbers anyway)

Terracotta said,
This isn't completely metro is it? (The super bar at the bottom). Will there be a 100% metro version?

nope, Sinofsky doesn't lead the Office team anymore and the people in charge don't believe in WinRT/Metro...

MFH said,

nope, Sinofsky doesn't lead the Office team anymore and the people in charge don't believe in WinRT/Metro...

??? what? The office UI is as far as metro can go on the desktop. Its more metro than the desktop UI itself. Its the team under Sinofsky who should be worried to turn the whole Desktop as good and Metro as the Office. Or Visual Studio

Zain Adeel said,

??? what? The office UI is as far as metro can go on the desktop. Its more metro than the desktop UI itself. Its the team under Sinofsky who should be worried to turn the whole Desktop as good and Metro as the Office. Or Visual Studio

No, I'm sorry I believe you misunderstood me. Will there be a non desktop (Metro) version of this app?

Terracotta said,

No, I'm sorry I believe you misunderstood me. Will there be a non desktop (Metro) version of this app?


They've said previously that in this version there won't be. That is what they hope to bring to the next version. They didn't want to completely change the UI all at once.

Terracotta said,

No, I'm sorry I believe you misunderstood me. Will there be a non desktop (Metro) version of this app?

Nope, that's how you'll use office on tablets.. on the "desktop mode"..

Hate it. Look at the menu bar. They went and pulled the same crap in VS2012 with the ALL CAPS MENU BAR. Why? What's so bad about CamelCase? It makes it so much easier and cleaner and not like it's been developed by a 12 year old. I may just stick with Office 2010 from here on out.

taz757 said,
Hate it. Look at the menu bar. They went and pulled the same crap in VS2012 with the ALL CAPS MENU BAR. Why? What's so bad about CamelCase? It makes it so much easier and cleaner and not like it's been developed by a 12 year old. I may just stick with Office 2010 from here on out.

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Okay please stick with Office 2010 please. While the rest of us upgrade to a cleaner, consistent UI across all properties.

j2006 said,

-1
Okay please stick with Office 2010 please. While the rest of us upgrade to a cleaner, consistent UI across all properties.


Clean? The UI is constantly SHOUTING!

taz757 said,
Hate it. Look at the menu bar. They went and pulled the same crap in VS2012 with the ALL CAPS MENU BAR. Why? What's so bad about CamelCase? It makes it so much easier and cleaner and not like it's been developed by a 12 year old. I may just stick with Office 2010 from here on out.
the caps lock is indeed very annoying.

PoohGQ said,
Umm..Title says "Office 2013 on WinRT" but that image looks like it's from the desktop version!!

Desktop is still in RT, however it's reserved for Office and Explorer.

PoohGQ said,
Umm..Title says "Office 2013 on WinRT" but that image looks like it's from the desktop version!!

WinRT as in "Windows RT" - the commercial name of WOA -, not as in "Windows Runtime"...

MFH said,

WinRT as in "Windows RT" - the commercial name of WOA -, not as in "Windows Runtime"...

My mistake. Didn't mean to cause any confusion with "Windows Runtime"...I did mean Windows RT...

Dot Matrix said,

Desktop is still in RT, however it's reserved for Office and Explorer.

But if MS chooses to do that, won't they be risking the likes of Google (with their "faux Metro" browser] want the same access to the desktop on Windows RT?

Wait.. I thought desktop mode was going to be disabled in Win RT... yet that screenshot is clearly desktop mode... ... Hackers rejoice...

Jay Desai said,
Wait.. I thought desktop mode was going to be disabled in Win RT... yet that screenshot is clearly desktop mode... ... Hackers rejoice...

It isn't disabled, but no third party apps will be able to run in it.

Jay Desai said,
Wait.. I thought desktop mode was going to be disabled in Win RT... yet that screenshot is clearly desktop mode... ... Hackers rejoice...
Desktop mode on Win RT will support ONLY Office and Internet Explorer.

Awesome I'm glad the metro app version is not overly-simplified... but still clean and easy to use. It would have greatly been criticized if it wasn't equivalent to the desktop version.