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

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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12 Comments

1. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

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

7. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Especially in the corporate sector

10. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

And kill nearly half their profits. Dumb move.

2. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

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

3. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

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

4. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

That looks good

5. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 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!

6. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

KUDOS for free Office!

8. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

can't wait for the 8.1

9. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 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!

11. ilani

Posts: 90; Member since: Dec 23, 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!

12. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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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