Earlier today, Microsoft took the stage in Orlando to talk about Windows 8 and briefly showed off Office 2013. This is the second time that Microsoft has shown off a live demo of the platform and another interesting note is that the Office 2013 seems all but official as the branding can clearly be seen above.
Microsoft held until the very end of the hour long presentation to finally show off something new but the wait, as it seems, was well worth it as we finally got a look in to how Office will look (and act) on Windows RT. While only the Excel application was shown, the application does look quite similar to the traditional Office suite that we know and love.
This preview was another small window in to the world of Windows RT and as we get closer to launch of Windows 8 RT and Office 2013, we will surely hear more about both platforms and how the two products will mesh in the tablet environment.
At this time there is not an official release date for Office 2013, but as the name suggest, that platform will clearly be hitting retail shelves sometime next year. Rumors have pegged early 2013 for the launch, which makes sense, as the platform appears to be moving full steam ahead as indicated by the leaks. It is speculated that Microsoft could release a public beta of the platform as early as this week, but so far, nothing has been announced.