With increase in number of people opting to use open source products and applications, their love towards Microsoft products has reduced. However, MS office remains the most preferred suite. Devices that are powered by operating systems other than Windows relied heavily on alternative applications. Many would have a sigh of relief with Android based Office suite slated to enter the market.
It was know for a long time that Microsoft was preparing to bring MS Office 2013 to Apple and Android based tablets. According to the latest news report, they are planning to release it in the early months of 2013. This announcement is generating a lot of buzz, since Windows 8 OS is slated to release on October 26 this year.
According to a report, mobile version of the Office app has reached the testing stage. Once the testing stage is over, Microsoft would send the app for approval. Once Google Play and App store approves the app, you can download it from the respective websites. Even though Microsoft has not confirmed the release date, everyone is keeping their fingers crossed.
Microsoft team based in Czech Republic has released a press report claiming that Office 2013 will be available for Microsoft partners by December 2012. The office 2013 for consumers would be released by March 2013. However, on the same day, the company denied the report stating that the information shared by Czech team was not accurate.
The company has claimed that MS office would also be available for other operating systems such as Windows RT, Windows Phone, Mac OS, Symbian, Android and iOS. One thing is for sure that Windows 8 OS would definitely have MS Office 2013, but it is not sure when Android and iOS would get it. It sure looks very strange to release its most killer feature to other platforms. One of the main reasons behind that would be the vast world of tablet and smartphone market. Instead of limiting the Office suite to only Windows platform, they have tried to utilize the market captured by other operating system also.
Even though the release date is not confirmed by the company, they have announced the pricing. Software’s independent versions would be available for a single machine. They have also planned to release it packages according to the need of a user. The packages are named as Office Home and student, Office Home and Business and as a Professional package. The student package would cost around $140 consisting of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote. The Business package would cost around $220 consisting of an additional Outlook application. The Professional package costing around $400 would consist of all the software including Publisher and Access.
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