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Office, Exchange and SharePoint 2013 Now Released to Manufacturers

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October 18, 2012

Office, Exchange and SharePoint 2013 Now Released to Manufacturers

By Julie Griffin, Contributing Writer

Office 2013 products are being touted as the “most ambitious release of Office we’ve ever done.” The much-hyped features of the next-generation Office solutions, however, are not quite available to the mainstream public. But in order to entice vendors who are buying Microsoft’s (News - Alert) 2010 products for the first time, these people will be guaranteed a free upgrade when it is available, sometime in “mid-November.”

This November will also be the when Office 365 will undergo its next series of updates.

In fact, starting on October 26th, a preview of the Office 2013 Home and Student versions will be offered to those who purchased Windows RT devices. Additionally, certain other subscribers will get to sample features of the new Office 2013 before the general public.

One of the most notable features of the Office 2013 is seen with its Web apps that can be navigated using touch-friendly mobile features. In order for Microsoft to generate more subscriptions for its Office 365 services, the company offers some attractive incentives, such as Office 2013 apps on demand. Not to mention, there’s none of that pesky installation process for these apps.

According to Office 365 program manager Paul Barr, “What if you could use all the powerful features of the Office applications without doing an install at all? Wouldn’t that be the ultimate installation experience?”  

Because Office 365 is designed for people on-the-go, it demonstrates the company’s predictions that the future of Office work will transition into a mobile environment. People familiar with Microsoft’s Exchange services have noticed that Exchange 2013 is definitely geared towards tablet users. 

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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