Its January 29th in Australia and other parts of the world and that means that Microsoft has pulled the trigger on the official sales of its Office 2013 software lineup. The Australian version of the Microsoft Store website now has several versions of the productivity software suite available for purchase.
The stores website shows that the folks down under will have to pay AU$169 ($175 USD) for Office Home and Student 2013, AU$299 ($310 USD) for Office Home and Business 2013 and AU$599 ($622 USD) for Office Professional 2013, all for use by just one PC. You can also get a one year subscription to Office 365 Home Premium, which includes a license to install Office 2013 on five PCs or Macs for AU$119 ($123 USD).
This means that the folks in Europe should be able to buy Office 2013 and the new version of Office 365 in just a few hours. The US will likely have to wait until midnight Eastern time, or perhaps midnight Pacific time, to buy Office 2013 online. As we have reported before, Microsoft is gearing up for some kind of Office 2013 launch event in New York City in its famous Bryant Park location.