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All smaller Windows 8 tablets to ship with bundled copy of Office 2013

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 05 Jun 2013 20:24 User comments (5)

All smaller Windows 8 tablets to ship with bundled copy of Office 2013 Microsoft has confirmed today that future Windows 8 tablets in the 7 to 8-inch range will ship with free copies of Office 2013.
Windows CFO Tami Reller says Office Home and Student 2013 will be bundled with the smaller form factor tablets. The software includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote but does not include Outlook 2013.

Reller added that Outlook would be included in upcoming Windows RT 8.1 tablets.

Acer recently announced the first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, but Microsoft and others are expected to follow suit in the near future.

Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update, set for release later this year, will drastically improve the OS on smaller tablets, so it appears that manufacturers may be waiting.

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5 user comments

16.6.2013 2:54

So are they dropping the "Service Pack" nomenclature?

I've been seriously considering a tablet purchase for a while now. It would probably be the smaller form factor anyway, so this addition of Office 2013 may push me over the edge. The question is, can it be removed and installed on my desktop instead? hehe

26.6.2013 6:22

Originally posted by cart0181:
So are they dropping the "Service Pack" nomenclature?

I've been seriously considering a tablet purchase for a while now. It would probably be the smaller form factor anyway, so this addition of Office 2013 may push me over the edge. The question is, can it be removed and installed on my desktop instead? hehe
I was with you on the tablet purchase for some time now. To replace my 5 yo dell laptop. I took the plunge and went with a larger ipad. I must tell you, even without office, which I hardly use anyways these days, I was impressed with tablets. I was very skeptical at first, but for quick internet, and some light things it does well.

As I am saying all this, I cannot give up my desktop. Too many things I do require cpu power, and a tablet cannot offer that.

Good to see MS making itself, at least appear, more versitle, might be a marketing plot, but none the less a good attempt.

36.6.2013 11:29

Sorry but ipad wins this tablet war for now. Android is coming close and Microsoft may never get it


Hack a bit, invest a bit, work a bit, jerk a bit

48.6.2013 15:51

Sounds desperate to me.

58.6.2013 21:28

Office should work fine with this tablet, which is what I want, as for ipad, I am not convinced that ipad is as good, it now depends on their prices....

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