It's official, Windows RT tablets on ARM will include the new Office 2013 with Skype integration for free

It's official, Windows RT tablets on ARM will include the new Office 2013 with Skype integration for free
Microsoft is charging ahead with its presentation of the wholly revamped for touch new Office as we speak, which is, as expected, done first and foremost with the cloud in mind, so buyers will be getting 20GB of SkyDrive storage extra for free, and will work across Windows device, including WP8 phones.

The press release is already out, though, and it confirms for the first time officially that Microsoft will include the new Office 2013 (Word, Excel, Power Point and OneNote) for free with each tablet or hybrid device that is running Windows RT, to sweeten up the pot for those who are hesitant that those slates can't run legacy programs written for Intel's x86 platform.

You can hit the link below and download the new Office preview right now, to take the new interface for a spin and see how social, SkyDrive, digital inking, and Skype integration is all tied up together.

source: Microsoft



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11 Comments

1. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

This is soooooooo a big game changer.....office and Skype integration in a tablet pc is a great inspiration for a buy!

2. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Its not free actually, the cost is included in windows or the windows 8 pro users will have to bear the cost!! But still ill be buying a windows 8 tablet (x86) one :D

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yea.. that "super crazy" $75 licencing fee. Thats cheaper than office by itself, much less a normal windows licence. ;) If they pull off functionality, stability, and usability then I think people wont even notice that little price bump.

9. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

yup, considering Android is free!! but looking at features such as desktop mode and full MS office loaded on it its kind of a better deal than Android... iOS is well, too many restrictions there... so forget iOS really cant wait to get my own windows 8 tablet :D

3. wsucoug13

Posts: 164; Member since: May 04, 2012

The surface is a really big deal! If you have a business looking for a tablet computer it is the obvious choice.

4. Gcombs

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 22, 2011

This is why I haven't bought a tablet yet but I know now it's going to be Windows 8 for sure. It has everything I need for true mobile computing. Great job Microsoft! Bring on WP8 and I'm set.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i figured they would implement a full/mostly full version off office with R/T as its a major business selling point. That looks very well optimized for tablets. If it is, then kudos to MS for finally "getting it". That is going to be great for their ecosystem. Especially if the W8 phone version is the same/extremely similar.

7. ron1niro

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

What microsoft has done with surface is quite interesting. I think the reason why they announced it months before it was even available and didn't mention anything about the price is to give OEM's a model to follow. The OEM's will do all they can to produce better windows tablets than the surface and i think that is the ultimate goal for microsoft. They don't have to compromise the hardware in order to produce cheaper tablets because microsoft has not mentioned the price of the surface. All that the OEM's care about right now is how they will outdo the surface and this is exactly what MS wants; to have their software on the best hardware. For windows phone, Nokia is there to set the standard. Google also tries to do this. I don't think the surface will outsell the ipad, i think windows 8 tablets will outsell the ipad, that is the goal for microsoft.

8. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

VERY well said

10. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Exactly my point, very well said :)

11. sonofzeus

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

lets wait and watch!

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