Windows RT to come with Office 2013 RT Preview: no macro, VBA support, some other features missing too

Windows RT to come with Office 2013 RT Preview: no macro, VBA support, some other features missing too
The iPad virtually created the tablet market in 2010, Android tried to catch up slowly, and now Windows 8 is coming to try and make a dent in there too. And apart from its new user interface (don't call it Metro, Microsoft didn't do the trademark search, so now it's just the Windows 8 UI!), Windows 8’s biggest advantage is Office. Yes, Microsoft's Office package is still the standard pretty much everywhere and having a full version of Word, Excel and PowerPoint on your tablet could well make some people buy that Windows 8 tablet.

Except, when it's running on ARM chips. Windows RT, as the ARM-based Windows 8 operating system is called, will not come with the full office, but rather only a Preview that will lack macros, VBA support, third party add-ins and a “small number” of other features. Bummer. The reason for that disappointing decision allegedly comes from battery life and reliability concerns.

The Office 2013 RT Preview will get an upgrade to a final version sometime in 2013.

It wasn’t all that unexpected - Microsoft has kept suspiciously quiet and practically refused to talk Windows RT in depth suggested there’s a reason for that. Now, it’s clearer that just as the Office it ships with, the system itself give the full Windows experience - you wouldn’t be able to go out of the Metro (oops, Windows 8-style) interface, and it wouldn’t support existing Windows applications.

source: TheVerge



1. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

seriously confused, I thought MS said RT WILL come with full Office

5. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Yeah, wonder how many more features are missing I know few of my friends still use Macro and VBA features... :( Anyway, maybe Intel Version is fit for me

2. lukasound

Posts: 152; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Well done Microsoft. Why make it simple when you can complicate... The only advantage they could have had (software compatibility) is not there. Windows tablets will go by way of Windows phones...

3. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

well thye sould give software package options with these tablets cutomized with price like office home edition/pro/ultimate all with different price tags

4. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

oh... i dont really know about macro, VBA etc etc.. as long that it can offer full word, excel, and powerpoint (i dont know if those features are in this 3) im good with it... but if they offer it a bit higher tha tiPad or android tablets i think MS will have a problem with that! if you want a full support, go for surface pro!!

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