Office for Windows RT Anticipated to Ship in November

Office for Windows RT Anticipated to Ship in November

Microsoft stated that Office for Windows RT will come pre-installed on Windows RT devices; however, it will be a preview version of Office Home and Student 2013. Customers will receive a free upgrade to the final version of the suite via Windows Update starting in November 2012 through January 2013.

Office Home and Student 2013 RT will only run on Windows RT machines. It will not be sold as a stand-alone product. Office for Windows RT was built from the same code base as the versions of Office for computers running traditional x86 processors from Intel and AMD, and offers "...the vast majority..." of the features the full PC version of Office Home and Student 2013. According to the blog post by Microsoft, this is the list of missing features for Windows RT users:-

  • Macros, add-ins, and features that rely on ActiveX controls or 3rd party code such as the PowerPoint Slide Library ActiveX control and Flash Video Playback.
  • Certain legacy features such as playing older media formats in PowerPoint (upgrade to modern formats and they will play) and editing equations written in Equation Editor 3.0, which was used in older versions of Office (viewing works fine)
  • Certain email sending features, since Windows RT does not support Outlook or other desktop mail applications (opening a mail app, such as the mail app that comes with Windows RT devices, and inserting your Office content works fine)
  • Creating a Data Model in Excel 2013 RT (PivotTables, QueryTables, Pivot Charts work fine)
  • Recording narrations in PowerPoint 2013 RT
  • Searching embedded audio/video files, recording audio/video notes, and importing from an attached scanner with OneNote 2013 RT (inserting audio/video notes or scanned images from another program works fine)

The new Microsoft Office suite (Office 2013) was first unveiled in July this year and its consumer preview, Office 365 Home Premium Preview, was made available for download.  For more details about the difference between the desktop Office suite and Office 365, do head over to our Office 2013 FAQs for more information.

(Source: Microsoft via PCWorld)

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