According to Microsoft’s (News - Alert) Office Business and Corporate Vice President, Kirk Koenigsbauer, the newer and more functional version of Microsoft Office 365, 2013 has recently entered the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build phase. The company has not broken its trend of offering customers a free or discounted upgrade to the next package if they buy the current version of the product within a stipulated time. This time around, sources are predicting that the time is between October 19 and April 30, 2013.
Office 2013 in Koenigsbauer’s opinion is the most ambitious solution ever made. The suite comes with a host of applications, server and cloud services. Glimpses of its capabilities will be displayed as the RT version will be debuted at the launch of Windows 8 on October 26.
Moreover, enterprise customers will get to sample the capabilities of the next-generation Office product in the next service update which is due in November, while volume licensing customers with software assurance will be able to download the product starting around mid-November. Other products available by then include SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013 and Exchange 2013, all of which will be availed through the Licensing Service Center.
Though the upgrade to Office 2010 was free, it is not yet clear whether the move to Office 2013 will be free or at a discounted price. At this time, the best we can hope for is getting the suite at a subsidized price once it is generally available.
The new Microsoft Office boasts a completely new look and various functions. Though the revamped Outlook, Word and Excel look different, they do their jobs just as well. It is up to users to decide on the necessity of an upgrade or retention of their current Office suites.
Edited by Jamie Epstein