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Is that free Office with our small Win 8 tablets, Microsoft, or are you just happy to see us?

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Is that free Office with our small Win 8 tablets, Microsoft, or are you just happy to see us?
Microsoft's head of the Windows division Tami Reller took to the stage at Computex to announce the earth-shattering news that the new Windows 8 tablets with smaller screens, and we are talking those powered by x86 processors that can run legacy programs, will go the Surface RT way, and will include Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 preinstalled for free.

She casually mentioned that all the basics like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote will all be included, and we've heard that Outlook will be integrated into the next Windows 8.1 update as well, which Microsoft today previewed with the video below. 

Given Intel's claim yesterday that new Win 8 tablets and convertibles with the Bay Trail chippery will be getting down to $399, and probably even below for smaller slates, a free Microsoft Office will definitely sweeten the deal to the extent to give Android and iPad slates a run for their money, depending on the performance.

source: Microsoft

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posted on 05 Jun 2013, 03:23 11

1. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 150; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


How generous of MS. Free Office would boost Windows tablets for sure.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 07:52 3

7. -box- (Posts: 3823; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Especially in the corporate sector

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 17:50

10. sprockkets (Posts: 1246; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


And kill nearly half their profits. Dumb move.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 03:26 6

2. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


clever idea ..............

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 04:24 7

3. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Free Office is always a good thing. Almost every student relies on it.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 06:03

4. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


That looks good

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 06:15 1

5. pookiewood (Posts: 613; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


MS is releasing the Kraken! 7-8 inch tablets, lower OS price to OEM, Surface KB for free, bringing the Start button back for those that needed it and now free Office for everyone? Smart Moves!

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 06:31

6. antmiu2 (Posts: 215; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


KUDOS for free Office!

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 08:58

8. pongkie (Posts: 503; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


can't wait for the 8.1

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 10:27

9. Eonnaydra (Posts: 209; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Google is like a child in comparasion with MS.
MS just need to focus more on WP 8 bringing more apps,to be more efficient in market deparment and to CHANGE Ballmer!

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 19:00

11. ilani (Posts: 53; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


All Apps, Finally done right! now do us another favor Microsoft, make it competitively priced, and let us help you gain market share!!!!
i had the surface on my wishlist month and months before it was released! and you trying to be all Apple like with your pricing killed my dream!

posted on 06 Jun 2013, 05:37

12. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1101; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


this is a good move because even atom powered & and 8 inch tablets will cost more than an
ARMS CPU android tablet but it is stil a good deal becuse home and studend 1013 cost over 100 dollars for a Desktop/laptop or surface pro tablet

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