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

0. phoneArena posted on 16 Jul 2012, 14:45

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 rub leacy programs written for Intel's x86 platform...

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posted on 16 Jul 2012, 14:52 5

1. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1317; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

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

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 14:52

2. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 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

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 18:41

6. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 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.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 06:13 1

9. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 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

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 15:24 5

3. wsucoug13 (Posts: 164; Member since: 04 May 2012)

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

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 17:10 3

4. Gcombs (Posts: 133; Member since: 22 Aug 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.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 18:39

5. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 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.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 19:03 8

7. ron1niro (Posts: 54; Member since: 28 Mar 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.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 00:20 1

8. tigermcm (Posts: 860; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)

VERY well said

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 06:24

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

Exactly my point, very well said :)

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 07:30

11. sonofzeus (Posts: 95; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

lets wait and watch!

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