Microsoft to bundle Office 2013 in "small" Windows 8 tablets for free

Aside from announcing that Outlook 2013 will be coming to Windows RT 8.1 later this year, Microsoft has revealed at Computex 2013 that all new "small" x86 tablets running Windows 8 will come with basic Office 2013 apps for free. Tami Reller at Microsoft's keynote said that Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote would be bundled on new 7- and 8-inch Windows 8 tablets, but didn't provide any other details.

This follows with what we've seen in recent tablet launches, such as the 8-inch Acer Iconia W3, which comes with a free copy of Office 2013 installed out of the box. Expect more information about Windows 8 and the inclusion of these Office 2013 apps at BUILD 2013, Microsoft's developer event scheduled for later this month.

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What the writer and all the above have failed to mention or see is, Microsoft stated these would be BASIC versions of the Office Suite that will come free on RT.

I will take a stab at what that means. It sounds like these will be very similar to other basic office suites we see on phones. Take a look at Polaris Office for Android. It is very very basic and allows for basically viewing and simple editing.

I am sure if you want the full power of Office with all the extended format capabilities, you will likely have to pay. It is likely going ot be very similar to Office online.

Think if WordPad for WinRT. Think of how the mail client is on Windows Mail.
I mean come on guys, think outside the box.

Basic version, like those starter versions I see on some OEM machines?
They have that permanent sidebar and a MS ad there.

WHAT A MISTAKE!

Desktop applications will NEVER work fine in the classic Windows UX. Whatever the mitigation factors they put in, ribbons or larger UI elements, it will remain a pain to use.

Now, they deploy their "desktop" apps to smaller screens. As if it was not bad already, they just make it even worse.

Someone really doesn't get it at Microsoft.

Smart but dumb. Great they're including what keeps Windows going, but bad by restricting it. They should include Office in all versions of Windows instead of confusing customers about it. Or at least have lite Office suite that allows the basics in all devices, like links to the WebApps at the very least.

actually that would be dumber. why would they ship office with netbooks and desktops? chromebooks are an epic fail (again) and Linux, is well, this is the year of Linux and all but still no marketshare.

MSFT is doing this to gain tablet marketshare, which is smart because they need it. desktop and laptops, they are the only game in town.

Because Surface Pro is a fully capable PC, and EU is watching MS like a hawk. Nobody is watching crippled RT devices (and other smart shytes), where you can bundle pretty much anything you please.

Phouchg said,
Because Surface Pro is a fully capable PC, and EU is watching MS like a hawk. Nobody is watching crippled RT devices (and other smart shytes), where you can bundle pretty much anything you please.

They could easily fix that by allowing you to download it for free from their website instead of bundle it directly.

Phouchg said,
Because Surface Pro is a fully capable PC, and EU is watching MS like a hawk. Nobody is watching crippled RT devices (and other smart shytes), where you can bundle pretty much anything you please.

Um, you do realize the devices being discussed are x86 not ARM right?? So they'll be running Windows 8 or 8 Pro, not Windows RT. It's saying Office 2013 will be bundled with Intel-based (or AMD-based) 7" and 8" tablets. And besides, Office 2013 has been bundled with Windows RT from the start.

unlikely, google has higher tablet marketshare and ships all their crap on every tablet. before MSFT is targeted, they will slice and dice google first, apple second.

unless off course MSFT claims 90% of the tablet market, and I think everbody knows that won't happen for a long time, if ever.

the cost of OSX is irrelevant as it is a dying ecosystem with a single percent marketshare PC alternative in the post PC world. even apple doesn't care about OSX only paying lip service to it and the occasional feature. OSX is dead.

Why do you need office on a tiny tablet? It will be useless.
Things must be desperate at MS if they are throwing in a free version of office.

derekaw said,
Why do you need office on a tiny tablet? It will be useless.
Things must be desperate at MS if they are throwing in a free version of office.

All depends on the resolution doesn't it, and it constantly amazes me how adding features can be seen as a negative by some people...........................its like they simply cant please you.

derekaw said,
Why do you need office on a tiny tablet? It will be useless.
Things must be desperate at MS if they are throwing in a free version of office.

There's a lot of things to hate in the world, free office isn't one of them.

derekaw said,
Why do you need office on a tiny tablet? It will be useless.
Things must be desperate at MS if they are throwing in a free version of office.

The fact that MS is giving for free for small device and not for big device says a lot about his functionality.

My wish : office for free for any device.

people love office. having it for free is going to encourage sales. yup, msft wants to use its product sand services to sell things, you know like google and apple do. when MSFT does it is evil and desperate, when google and apple do it, then it is smart...well according to you anyways but clearly you're just biased

derekaw said,
Why do you need office on a tiny tablet? It will be useless.
Things must be desperate at MS if they are throwing in a free version of office.

If it comes with the ability to connect to a monitor and comes with bluetooth, it would be VERY beneficial to college students and workers.

derekaw said,
Why do you need office on a tiny tablet? It will be useless.
Things must be desperate at MS if they are throwing in a free version of office.

Let me ask you Sherlock, have you ever seen a 7" and 8" device in person? You have seen how big the screen is...right? What person would use Office on such a screen? How about anyone who wants too!

How about the businessman or women who doesn't want a huge 10" device and rather have a 7" or 8" device? hey still need to read email...right? Suppose the boss wants to edit a quick Word doc or Excel sheet? Suppose he wants to work a PPT Presentation? Why do you think everyone wants a very huge screen.

Office is yes useless on a smartphone with a screen smaller than 4.5" I would say. But for example, I have Polaris on my Galaxy Note II and I can work with xls and doc files using my stylus and it works very well. My device has a 5.5" screen. So certainly a huge 7" or 8" screen would be even better.

I do not understand for folks who claim to be so tech savvy and sit and monitor tech sites all day, seem to not be able to think outside their own person preference.