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Office to be pre-loaded on Windows RT tablets

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 14 Sep 2012 18:39 User comments (6)

Office to be pre-loaded on Windows RT tablets Microsoft revealed more details about Office for Windows RT this week, letting consumers know that it will be pre-loaded on all Windows RT devices.
The suite will be optimized for the ARM processor of upcoming tablets and devices will come with "preview editions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. After the final edition of Office Home & Student 2013 RT is released in a customer's language, their Windows RT device will be automatically updated with the final edition for free via Windows Update."

In regards to a time table, the company says customers will get the final update beginning in early November through January, dependent on the language involved.

Outlook is notably missing from the software, and email features built into other parts of the suite have been removed, as well.

Additionally, macros, add-ins and the ability to create data models have been removed from Excel 2013 and ActiveX controls have gone missing, as well.

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6 user comments

114.9.2012 20:29

So, in other words, they gimped Office for no good reason. Cute.

214.9.2012 20:52

Is there an OpenOffice for Windows ARM yet?



315.9.2012 8:12

i would like MS office in ipad to see whether win8 tab or ipad is a better choice since win and iOS are the only choices to have corporate email support in my case.


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415.9.2012 9:17

Well, the article states that Office will not support email on Windows RT (at least for the version of Office that comes with it), because it will not have Outlook, so there you go. If they gimp the Pro version the same way, they're idiots; it'll completely screw over business purchases.

515.9.2012 13:57

Originally posted by Bozobub:
Well, the article states that Office will not support email on Windows RT

i am not looking for outlook support but lotus notes support, so it may still be OK.

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618.9.2012 17:15

Aside from not having Outlook, which kills it for our business, are the macros in excel just not in the preview or did they do away with them completely?

I'm guessing outlook.com will replace the office version. Hopefully it'll be offered for free as it will probably merge with hotmail. That being said this option still doesn't work for businesses that like to store their own email and not rely on some cloud service.

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