Microsoft has announced that they have reached RTM (Release to Manufacturing) milestone for Office 2013 and it will made be available in Q1 of 2013. Although Microsoft officials has not confirmed the exact date for consumers.
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, said Microsoft.
Volume Licensing customers, MSDN and TechNet subscribers will be able to download the new products including SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013 and Exchange 2013 by mid-November. And the downloadable version will be available for both x86 and x64 platforms while a preview version for ARM based devices will be shipped with Windows RT, beginning with the Windows 8 launch on October 26.
To tempt consumers, Microsoft has also announced a bonanza offer, in which customers buying Office 2010 after October 19, will be eligible to receive the new Office 2013 for free.
The Preview version of Office 2013 is still live and available. And if you haven’t tried out yet, download the Office 2013 Preview and get first-hand beautiful and more productive experience.