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Today we reached an important milestone in the development of the new Office.
Moments ago, the Office engineering team signed off on the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build. This milestone means the coding and testing phase of the project is complete and we are now focused on releasing the new Office via multiple distribution channels to our consumer and business customers.
This is the most ambitious release of Office we've ever done. It spans the full family of Office applications, servers and cloud services. The new Office has a fresh, touch friendly design that works beautifully on Windows 8 and unlocks modern scenarios in social, reading, note-taking, meetings and communications. We are proud to achieve this milestone and are eager to deliver this exciting release to our customers.
General availability is planned for the first quarter of 2013. Starting October 19, customers purchasing Office 2010 from local retailers or resellers will receive the new Office for free upon availability. Customers will also see a preview version of the new Office on Windows RT devices, beginning with the Windows 8 launch on October 26.
Additionally, we have a number of programs that provide business customers with early access so they can begin testing, piloting and adopting Office within their organizations:
Please stay tuned for more specifics on general availability dates and other Office launch news. In the meantime, if you'd like to give the pre-release version a try, you can visit office.com/preview.
Thank you to the millions of people who have been testing early releases of the new Office. We are grateful for your support. Your invaluable feedback has helped us make the new Office the best Office ever.
Kirk KoenigsbauerCorporate Vice President Microsoft Office Division
Clint, thanks for your reply. Unfortunately, I posted only one day before the news about the University subscription became official. And I agree - its a very fair offer (although I would have prefered a perpetual license). I really like the Preview, and I will go for it, once Office 2013 is out.
If you are thinking of taking advantage of the Microsoft program to upgrade Office 2010 packages purchased after October 19th, please read this first, then make your decision.
Like many users in the realm, I became frustrated with lost features provided by my old Outlook 2003, retained when I installed Office 2007 Home and School. Now seemed like an excellent time to upgrade, since I could obtain a “Free Upgrade” to Office 2013 with my purchase of the 2010 product.
I have several computers; however, I chose Office 2010 Home and Business, [T5D-00417], that includes a license agreement to install the system on my two primary computers, one desktop and one laptop. I waited for Microsoft to announce the upgrade, but became suspicious of the “download only” nature of the offer, so I contacted their customer support to verify I could update both products.
I purchased every version of Office since the ’95 product, including versions of the complete “Professional” package. In the past, Microsoft offered mail-in upgrades to the newer product during a published period, making the waiting game for a new product unnecessary. The upgrades always included complete licensing and products comparative to the original purchase.
It was a good thing I asked for a verification of their current policy; this is their reply confirmed in a second Email:
The answer from the Microsoft Store Email Support: “ . . . Regardless of the version of Office 2010 that you purchase the licensing for the 2013 Upgrade only allows it to be installed on one computer and it cannot be transferred to another computer in the future. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Sheila K”.
The policy was confirmed by a second Email, signed by “Jerry K”.
They are not offering an upgrade of the license, they are providing one non-transferable copy of the new software. My wife will confirm, at times I can be a little blind; however, I could not find this information on their site or promotion.
I believe it is disingenuous and deceptive for Microsoft to refer to this as an “Upgrade”, a term that implies it conforms to the license use agreement of the original product. As stated, this is at best a provisional license that cannot be re-installed. Based on their comments: if your PC with Office 2013 dies, you may be out of luck. In addition, I suspect any corruption of the download install will be at your own risk.
I suggested to Microsoft this process was unfair to individuals who purchased multi-install licenses, and they should re-label their new offer as: “One Download Copy of Microsoft 2013 Available After Purchase of Office 2010”. Needless to say, they did not respond to that component of my request.
It seems Microsoft is in the process of altering their business model to “Pay for Use” Office 365, where you will pay an annual fee similar to current anti-virus programs. I do not consider that an option. Norton continually attempts to charge $75 per machine when I can purchase 3-PC licenses on sale for $20.
If you are unhappy, let Microsoft know; but most of all, if you are considering purchasing Office 2010 as a road to obtain the 2013 product, beware!
Does the new version of Lync support offline IMs? I mean in the Lync client, when a contact is offline and you send an IM, will he/she receive it after it logs back in?
Liebe Partner, Windows 8 ist da! Nun kommt das neue Office: Unser Microsoft Office Division Produktteam
Is it true that the upgrade version of Office 2013 is limited to one PC installation?
Has anyone had the issue of trying to install Office 2013 RTM and getting a very generic error of:
Microsoft Office Professional Plus has encontered an error during setup.
Then you get:
Microsoft Setup Bootstrapper has stopped working.
Will Office 2013 Professional Plus RTM install side-by-side with Office 2010 Professional?
I'm currently running Office 2010 Professional (x86) side-by-side with Office 365 ProPlus Preview (x86). I just downloaded Office 2013 Professional Plus RTM (x86) from my TechNet subscription. Before attempting to install, I spent several hours searching the Internet for answers to some questions but could not find the information I seek. Would you please answer the following:
1. Will Office 2013 Professional Plus RTM install and run side-by-side with my existing installation of Office 2010?
2. Must I uninstall Office 365 ProPlus Preview before I attempt to install Office 2013 Professional Plus RTM? If so, what are the steps to completely uninstall the "preview" version so that I don't disturb my existing installation of Office 2010?
3. Is there anything else I need to know about installing and running Office 2013 Professional Plus RTM side-by-side with Office 2010?
We downloaded Office 2013 from TechNet assuming that the Volume License information would be coming to VLSC shortly... Unfortunately it still hasn't and today Office has completely shut down on me, going into read-only mode. Is there an ETA for release of the volume keys so we can activate? thanks!
As you may have seen our Office Team is targeting simultaneous releases of the Office 365 service, Office
I'm excited for the release of Office 2013!
Save the Date!
When: 1/26/2013, 8:00 PM
Where: I don't know yet, but I hope there's going to be a launch event coming soon
Per tutti coloro in possesso di un contratto MSDN sarà finalomente possibile scaricare la versione
Body: After my two week hiatus, I'm back. In this episode I'm well rested and ready to go. I
W połowie października Kirk Koenigsbauer, wiceprezydent z działu Microsoft Office, ogłosił zatwierdzenie
The Visio team has signed off on the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build of the new Visio. On behalf of the team, I'd like to thank all of the users of the Customer Preview—your great feedback helped us fix bugs and refine new features. Please
I already saw the comment about "We provide Access, InfoPath, OneNote, Lync client, SharePoint Server, Project and Visio ase part of th DreamSpark program. The 2013 version of these applications/servers will be available as part of DreamSpark program at general availability." But how about Office Pro Plus and specifically Dreamspark PREMIUM subscriptiong?