New rumor claims Office 2013 to launch January 29th

A few days ago, there were reports that Microsoft was going to make us wait until March 31st to launch Office 2013. Today, a new report suggests that Microsoft's latest version of the office productivity suite will be made available to the general public in just a few weeks.

Specifically, ZDNet.com reports that, according to their sources, the launch date for Office 2013 is looking like it will be January 29th. The same report claims that Microsoft is holding training sessions for its partners in its Redmond, Washington headquarters for both Office 2013 and the new version of Office 365 the week of January 21st.

United States users will get the upgrades first, according to the report, and other territories will get the updates in the coming months, with all of them completed by November. If you still want to get Office 2010, be aware that Microsoft will stop downloads of that version via Office 365 on April 8, 2014. That also happens to be the same date that Microsoft will stop its official support of Windows XP.

The last week of January is looking like it will be a big one for Microsoft as the company looks like it will launch the Surface Pro tablet, with Windows 8 Pro, around the same time.

Source: ZDNet.com | Image via Microsoft

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I can confirm release is the 29th as an associate for a major retail chain. we've been told to start selling Office 2013 and 365 on that date

I tried the beta and did not like how white it was. I miss the color contrast.

I can't remember, but does Office 2013 sort out the issues with running Excel in multiple windows? That is probably my most hated thing about Excel 2010. The only way to have a spreadsheet open in each of my monitors is to open multiple instances of Excel. Well, once you do that you can't copy-paste formulas anymore (only values) between instances. It's absurd that Excel operates with a Windows 3.1 chrome-scheme in this century.

MrHumpty said,
Apparently I'm the only one that loved the white theme.

No, you aren't. I like it as well, it looks clean and and the button style also helps to enforce that clean look as well.

So just because all the white does not disturb your eyes means that others affected are whiners and overeacting?

"Après moi, le déluge".....

Fritzly said,
So just because all the white does not disturb your eyes means that others affected are whiners and overeacting?

"Après moi, le déluge".....

So just because many do like Win8, the white of Office 2013 (or were able to find that "hidden" gray theme) we should give in and not express our opinions? When I say I like Win8, or the white theme does not bother me, we get comments like the one the other day when we were told we were "Micro$hit apologists." I have had my professional abilities (software developer) attacked and brought into question, told the only reason I was using Win8 is because I was being paid to, called stupid, not a power user, told to get off this site so that the "real" computer users can enjoy it, and much more just for enjoying my choice in OS.

But someone who does not use a product (wagon has made it well known he does not like Win8 or Office 2013, and with that much hatred for a product, I assume he does not use it) attacks it, don't you dare make a little joke over it, because that makes you wrong and horrible.

nohone said,

So just because many do like Win8, the white of Office 2013 (or were able to find that "hidden" gray theme) we should give in and not express our opinions? When I say I like Win8, or the white theme does not bother me, we get comments like the one the other day when we were told we were "Micro$hit apologists." I have had my professional abilities (software developer) attacked and brought into question, told the only reason I was using Win8 is because I was being paid to, called stupid, not a power user, told to get off this site so that the "real" computer users can enjoy it, and much more just for enjoying my choice in OS.

But someone who does not use a product (wagon has made it well known he does not like Win8 or Office 2013, and with that much hatred for a product, I assume he does not use it) attacks it, don't you dare make a little joke over it, because that makes you wrong and horrible.

I agree, I don't currently use Windows 8 but I'll be upgrading soon, owning a Surface with Windows RT has helped me appreciate the Start Screen more now, and getting a Samsung Series 7 Touch screen and Office 2013.

I don't expect other people to like it but it's my PC and my choice, not theirs!!!!

The point is not expressing an opinion but..... bashing whoever disagree with that opinion. A subtle but fundamental difference.

Fritzly said,
The point is not expressing an opinion but..... bashing whoever disagree with that opinion. A subtle but fundamental difference.

So claiming that anyone who uses Win8 is paid off, is a "Micro$hit apologist," or even saying the color white will cause bleeding eyes is just expressing an opinion?

BTW, if the color white causes bleeding eyes, then shouldn't there be a couple million Apple fans with bleeding eyes?

Never asserted that anyone who uses Win 8 is paid off; surely I am not....

Never stated that the white color in Office 2013 causes "bleeding eyes"; I stated that after a period of time it HURTS my eyes.

I do not use Apple products therefore I do not comment about them.

Fritzly said,
Never asserted that anyone who uses Win 8 is paid off; surely I am not....

Never stated that the white color in Office 2013 causes "bleeding eyes"; I stated that after a period of time it HURTS my eyes.

I do not use Apple products therefore I do not comment about them.

I never said you did - I wrote a joke comment to someone else, not you. You take offense to it and decide to jump in, now you are writing that I claimed you were the one saying such things when I never did. The original comment wrote about bleeding eyes, not you, I kept on topic, and now you are complaining that I am keeping on topic.

Unless Neowin is messing up with the posts your statement is shown, both on my W8 Tablet PC and my Lumia 920, az a reply to my comment, hence my reply.
Anyway is Friday... enjoy the week-end..... :-)

If you're a patch administrator that uses SCCM or WSUS like me, you would notice that this month that they've released security updates for Office 2013 in this months cycle.

I would say that this "rumor" is likely true.

If your running wsus or sccm you should have already had access to office 2013 back in October or so. Software assurance customers like myself already have it.

Makes sense - OfficeRT shipped with WinRT, you wouldn't want new business level computers shipping without support of the latest edition of Office.

No it isn't, the version that ships on Surface is a full version of Home and Student but it can be "upgraded" using an Office 365 subscription. Surface Pro won't ship with Office preinstalled.

neo158 said,
No it isn't, the version that ships on Surface is a full version of Home and Student but it can be "upgraded" using an Office 365 subscription. Surface Pro won't ship with Office preinstalled.

I know that what i mean is the home and student version of office can't be used for anything.

No commercial, no personal money generating work, no gouv, no non profit org.

That basically covers anything. You can use it to type your recipe that pretty much about it.

A big concern is for me the is the new, Metroish layout: too much white, it hurts my eyes after a while. I read that the RTM build will offer more colour though.
The steep increase of the price is also another reason that will probably make me stay with 2010.
I do not care to "lease" it.

That was the first thing I did when I got Office 2013 RTM...now if only there was some way to customize even further to get the black theme from 2010 back.

What apps in Office do you use? The short answer is "yes" there's a lot of goodness in 2013, but your mileage might varry depending on use.

billyea said,
None of these replies answered my question. =/

Your question isn't very detailed, no one really knows what you use the office suite for so it's difficult to determine. I'm going to guess you are just an average user who makes a couple of word docs, edits a few spread sheets and sometimes has to make a PowerPoint presentation. Office 2013 will make it easier to do all those things and has some nice perks that make using it more desirable (the smooth text animations for example make typing for long periods less boring). The interface is now a lot cleaner and arguably better and performance is also A LOT better. Another awesome feature is PDF reflow which allows you to open and edit PDF files then export them as docx or pdf or whatever! I don't know if that will justify an upgrade in your view but I must say it is definitely the best office to date.