Office 2013 packaging spotted in the wild, January 29th release confirmed

We're fast approaching the retail launch of Microsoft Office 2013, with many rumors pointing to a January 29th release. Today we can confirm that January 29th is indeed the date for release, as Australian sources have pointed to a local release on January 30th - due to the time zone difference between Australia and the United States, Australians usually see a release one day later, making a North American release on the 29th essentially a certainty.

Not only this, but we've also got a glimpse of the final retail packaging in the wild, sitting on a shelf alongside Windows 8 and Office 2011 for Mac. The retail packaging is slightly different to the rendered boxart we saw before through an online retailer, but as these are the actual retail boxes as seen in the wild, we have no doubts this is what we'll be seeing come January 29th. Our source also says that in-store displays for Office 2013 will be put up around January 28th for the launch a couple of days later.

We also have a range of local pricing information available for the Australian release, which we've outlined below. The dealer pricing (what the store purchases Office for, excluding tax) corresponds to just under the expected United States retail pricing, while for some reason the Australian regular retail price is a huge premium over what the actual cost is. We have confirmed that the RRP is across the board for all Australian stores, so it goes to show the difference international buyers are paying.

  Dealer Price Retail Price US Price
Office 365 Home Premium 1-year Sub AU$78 AU$299 $99
Office 2013 Home & Student AU$114 AU$299 $139
Office 2013 Home & Business AU$221 AU$399 $219
Office 2013 Professional Plus AU$462 AU$599 $499

With all info now practically confirmed, we just have to wait for Microsoft to officially announce the retail release date.

Update: We've confirmed the RRP for Australian stores (in the table above) is not just for one store, but for all of them. You can see how much Australians are going to get ripped off by compared to the dealer cost and United States pricing.

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student price is so high! a year or 2 ago you could get the student version for £40-45 in uk, now the cheapest is around £80. The prices on that list look as though these high prices will remain.

And microsoft wonders why people pirate, stop charging kids a fortune! Oh and don't use complete white as the default U.I colour for office 2013, whoever did that needs to be shot!

torrentthief said,
Oh and don't use complete white as the default U.I colour for office 2013, whoever did that needs to be shot!

Why not? It's just the default setting. Change it to the dark grey theme if you must.

We've confirmed the RRP for Australian stores (in the table above) is not just for one store, but for all of them.

Ain't that the whole point of RRP?

The thing that excites me most is the Exchange ActiveSync support in Outlook. From the preview it seems I would finally get proper cloud sync between my iPhone and desktop e-mail/calendar using my Outlook.com account. I think I'm actually going to get the student Office 365 deal for it.

For me it usually lags behind my phone. Badly. Sometimes it takes like 30 minutes to realize I've got a new mail, unless I force a manual sync. So now I ended up using the mail app in Win8, works flawlessly.

I always bought the latest release of Office as soon as it becomes available but this time I am hesitant: at first the 365 subscription is a very good deal but what will happen if MS will be able to convince the majority of users to switch to this rental concept? Will subscription plans prices skyrocket up? On the other hand the fact that the boxed editions are locked to the device you install them and they are no longer transferrable is, at least for me, ridiculous and unacceptable.
So far I have used the preview only and I am not impressed: it is very slow but this should have improved in the final release and I have issue with all that white; it is my understanding that the final release will add more colours so I will surely give it a try, upgrade? We will see....

It's my understanding that the Office 365 subscription allows a household of up to 5 accounts to use the software, even if those accounts are spread across 5 different devices. This is why I'm not hesitant to go the Office 365 route.

PUC_Snakeman said,
It's my understanding that the Office 365 subscription allows a household of up to 5 accounts to use the software, even if those accounts are spread across 5 different devices. This is why I'm not hesitant to go the Office 365 route.

"365 Home edition" yes can be used by five different people bu cannot be used for anything related to business, all the editions that can be used for business are still licensed for multiple devices but for a single user though.

Fritzly said,

and I have issue with all that white; it is my understanding that the final release will add more colours so I will surely give it a try, upgrade? We will see....

Yep, the final version includes a white theme, light grey theme, and a dark grey theme. I'm using the light grey.

rfirth said,

Yep, the final version includes a white theme, light grey theme, and a dark grey theme. I'm using the light grey.


Thanks for the update. I will definitely give it a try....

So its around 7500 INR back here in India. By the way, these retail boxes are so well made & good looking to tempt a user out there in the market to buy one.

I'm not trying to be critical - each to their own and that - but I personally wouldn't be swayed either way by the packaging. Not matter how good (or bad) it is, I'm just going to install it and have to find somewhere to put the (bulky) packing afterwards, never to be seen again. For that matter, I'd rather just buy a printed card like xbox live points or whatever, with a code on it and a download link, and bypass the optical media altogether. A cheap little flash drive stuck to a card for a couple of extra bucks maybe, as an option for those with bandwidth or access issues etc.

I love the new smaller, cleaner boxes I'm probably going to go for Office 365 Home Premium instead of the retail suites though. I always buy the latest version anyway, so for me it would be better value to get that since you always get the latest version, you'll get to install on up to 5 devices instead of 1, and you get all the extra perks like Skype minutes, etc.

Picked up Pro Plus yesterday from my works Home Use Program for $10! It is faster, but Outlook with Hotmail is simpler than 2010+Hotmail Connector.

I'm perfectly happy with 2010 and I'm in no hurry to get 2013 as 2010 works and I have no issues...so why upgrade if everything works just fine considering the price for Prof plus is $500 that is just stupid!

sava700 said,
I'm perfectly happy with 2010 and I'm in no hurry to get 2013 as 2010 works and I have no issues...so why upgrade if everything works just fine considering the price for Prof plus is $500 that is just stupid!
i guess office 2010 works just as well, but i couldn't resist to the perfect little animations and the smooth skydrive integration.

For $99 a year I can use Office on 5 pc's, I get Skype credit AND extra skydrive space. That's a steal to me. 365 here I come!

what is happening in regards to buying office 2010 and the ad campaign of getting the next version free? anyone have info on that?