Microsoft officially announced Office 2013 in July, as well as allowing people to download a free preview version of the software suite. But what about all those folks who still want to buy Office 2010 before Office 2013 launches? A new report claims to have leaked information from Microsoft on how they can upgrade to Office 2013.
ZDNet.com reports they have received information from an unnamed source that the Office 2010 update program to Office 2013 will begin on October 19th and end on April 30th, 2013. That means people who purchase versions of Office 2010 in that time period will be eligible for the update offer to Office 2013.
The report also contains screenshots that allegedly come from a Microsoft website that was briefly live before the company shut it down. One screenshot shows that folks who buy Office 2010 Home & Student, Home & Business 2010, and Professional 2010 will be able to get either Office 365 Home Premium or the 2013 version of their own software for free during the update time period. Office University 2010 and Mac University 2011 users can download Office 365 University for free but it is just a two year subscription for college students and faculty members.
Finally, Office for Mac Home & Student 2011 and Office for Mac Home & Business 2011 will get Office 365 Home Premium for free, according to the screenshot. This would seem to confirm that Mac owners will be getting their own Office version soon-ish.
Another screenshot shows that Office 365 Home Premium will have a one year subscription and can be installed on up to five PCs or Macs, along with select drives. 2013 Office Suites versions are apparently just for PCs owners and will be more like the older retail versions of Office with no subscription but just one license for one PC. Microsoft has yet to confirm or deny any of this information.
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