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New Office Reaches RTM!

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    New Office Reaches RTM!


    Today we reached an important milestone in the development of the new Office.

    Moments ago, the Office engineering team signed off on the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build. This milestone means the coding and testing phase of the project is complete and we are now focused on releasing the new Office via multiple distribution channels to our consumer and business customers.

    This is the most ambitious release of Office we've ever done. It spans the full family of Office applications, servers and cloud services. The new Office has a fresh, touch friendly design that works beautifully on Windows 8 and unlocks modern scenarios in social, reading, note-taking, meetings and communications. We are proud to achieve this milestone and are eager to deliver this exciting release to our customers.

    General availability is planned for the first quarter of 2013. Starting October 19, customers purchasing Office 2010 from local retailers or resellers will receive the new Office for free upon availability. Customers will also see a preview version of the new Office on Windows RT devices, beginning with the Windows 8 launch on October 26.

    Additionally, we have a number of programs that provide business customers with early access so they can begin testing, piloting and adopting Office within their organizations:
    •We will begin rolling out new capabilities to Office 365 Enterprise customers in our next service update, starting in November through general availability.
    •Volume Licensing customers with Software Assurance will be able to download the Office 2013 applications as well as other Office products including SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013 and Exchange 2013 through the Volume Licensing Service Center by mid-November. These products will be available on the Volume Licensing price list on December 1.
    •IT professionals and developers will be able to download the final version via their TechNet or MSDN subscriptions by mid-November.

    Please stay tuned for more specifics on general availability dates and other Office launch news. In the meantime, if you'd like to give the pre-release version a try, you can visit office.com/preview.

    Thank you to the millions of people who have been testing early releases of the new Office. We are grateful for your support. Your invaluable feedback has helped us make the new Office the best Office ever.


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    Office News - Office Reaches RTM!

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    I don't know about anyone else, but that was really quick! I remember 2010 took about six or so months from a public beta to RTM.

    Will be purchasing said metroly designed goodness!
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    I will be purchasing this as soon as the preview stops working (does anybody know when this will be?). Really enjoyed using it so far
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    Quote Originally Posted by win7 View Post
    I will be purchasing this as soon as the preview stops working (does anybody know when this will be?). Really enjoyed using it so far
    Hi Win7
    Check this out, this might answer your query:
    When does the Office Customer Preview expire? - Microsoft Answers
    Thanks to pparks1 for the above link
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    This is probably the first version of office that we won't just be "getting" at work. Reason being, we allowed our Microsoft desktop enterprise agreement to expire last year as software assurance was costing us a ton and we weren't keeping all machines updated anyway. When we let our agreement lapse, we were entitled to running Windows 7, and Office 2010 on all 300 machines that we have. If we want anything newer than 7 or Office 2010, we have to buy it and license it separately. I'm unsure if there are enough functionality differences to justify the spend for individual licenses of the Office professional product (which is usually around $400 per machine).
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    I hate to be negative but I feel Office 2013 has been a disappointment for me, at least. The office applications I use - Word, One Note and Publisher - and the areas within these programs, I haven't found any feature improvements in this version of office. Only there has been the UI change and sadly enough I get the feeling I love Office 2010's UI. There might have been some major improvements and new features might have been added, but unfortunately my area of work doesn't come across those features. I will have to agree though that, One Note in 13 is better than 2010. One feature that I have found that I might find useful is Word 2013 can open pdf files. Apart from these two, I can't remember anything that got me excited.
    I'll better stick with Office 2010.
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