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Screenshot of Office 2013 to come bundled with Windows RT tablets emerges

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Screenshot of Office 2013 to come bundled with Windows RT tablets emerges
Rumors are that Microsoft is charging Windows RT tablet OEMs a pretty healthy $80-$95 licence for a brand new OS experience without that many apps behind it, but it has an ace up its sleeve because Win 8 tablets running on ARM processors will eventually come bundled with full-fledged Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps.

Straight from Microsoft's TechEd 2012 conference now comes a screenshot the folks from Redmond showed, which is what the Office 2013 edition for tablets is looking like.

Gone or hidden are the numerous perplexing options, and the interface seems pretty straightforward, optimized for all the meaty digits that might be thrown at it. In the Office 15 Technical Preview there is the possibility to permanently "pin" the Ribbon to stay expanded, which in Office 2013 RT for tablets seems to be missing or tucked away, perhaps with consideration of the lower resolutions. 

There is also a different New Worksheet icon and swapped color hue for the scrollbar. The whole set is still a work in progress, but we are curious how Microsoft has implemented one of its bestsellers - Office - for the Windows RT tablets reality.


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posted on 13 Jun 2012, 03:15 2

1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


windows 8 tablets!!!!! i hope x86 games can be ported to RT. x86 is expensive on tablets...

uhhhhh! Resident Evil 6!!!!

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 04:37 2

2. Suts_97 (Posts: 123; Member since: 05 May 2012)


Can I know which is better, Windows RT tablet or ordinary Windows 8 tablets?

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 13:25 2

5. Penny (Posts: 986; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Windows RT tablets (based on ARM architecture) will consist only of the "Metro" side of Windows 8, while ordinary Windows 8 tablets (based on x86 architecture) will be the full fledged version of Windows 8, including both the "Metro" and desktop sides.

Basically, ordinary Windows 8 tablets will be more functional and powerful, but will be more expensive. Windows 8 RT tablets will be equivalent to current tablets in form and function (maybe a little bit more functional with apps like Microsoft Office), and should come in much cheaper than full Windows 8 tablets.

posted on 14 Jun 2012, 08:19

7. Suts_97 (Posts: 123; Member since: 05 May 2012)


Thank you!

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 05:32 1

3. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 764; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


i'm getting an ARM tablet depending if nokia will have anything decent to offer (they should)

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 11:35

4. domspencer01 (Posts: 15; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


Looks good, this is the first Office version for Windows that I can say looks pretty. Looking forward to what they're going to bring to Office 14 for Mac.

posted on 14 Jun 2012, 06:58

6. 7thspaceman (Posts: 897; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Windows 8 RT on ARMS CPU tablets need 2 killer APPs to be a quick hit as soon as they can be made available APP #1= will enable Window RT tablets to run Android Apps. APP #2= will enable Windows RT tablets to Run Windows x86 PC/laptop programs, games and ect. at least one of them is needed because Windows 8 RT tablet computers run only Metro APPs and a special windows Office soft ware package. it will take time for APPS developers to make enough metro APPs to make Windows RT tablets very attractive to buy

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