Microsoft Office 2013 Releases to Manufacturing (RTM), GA on January 29, 2013

UPDATE: Office 2013 final RTM version has been released to public. If you have already purchased a license, you can convert your existing Office 2013 trial version into this new full version using this tutorial.

Good news for people who are eagerly waiting for final release of Microsoft Office suite's upcoming version 2013 which was codenamed Office 15.

Microsoft just announced that they have released Office 2013 to manufacturing which means the development and testing of Office 2013 is complete now and its ready to release to public.

Office 2013 comes with many exciting features such as cloud integration, Click-to-Run which is a streaming technology that lets you begin to use Office applications before installation is complete. Its also optimized for touch screens. Microsoft has tried its best to use a minimal Windows 8 style Metro UI in Office 2013 applications to provide a refreshing feeling.

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Microsoft is planning to make Office 2013 available to public in first quarter of 2013 (most probably in end of January or first week of February 2013). Interesting thing is that if you purchase Office 2010 after October 19, 2012, you'll get Office 2013 absolutely free whenever it becomes available to public.

TechNet and MSDN subscribers will be able to download Office 2013 RTM in middle of next month i.e. November, 2012.

Same thing applies to Volume Licensing customers with Software Assurance. They will be able to download Office 2013 RTM applications as well as other Office products including SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013 and Exchange 2013 through the Volume Licensing Service Center by mid-November.

Also note that the upcoming Windows RT devices will also contain a preview version of Office 2013 RTM. You'll be able to purchase them beginning with the Windows 8 launch on October 26, 2012 as mentioned here.

Are you going to purchase Office 2013 when it becomes available or are you satisfied with previous Office version? Feel free to share your comment...





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Comments

  • Wow! Can't wait for OFFICE15 to release...
    Thanks VG for sharing this article... =)

  • Nice! Can't wait to get it mid-November with MSDN! Thank's VG for the date!

  • will there be free versions of office15? like forever free but limited programs, like word and powerpoint only?,

  • Is that that a picture of Office RTM or Preview?

  • HELL YES IM GETTING OFFICE 2013!!!!!!!!!!! WOOHOO

  • VG

    @Patrick
    I think no.

    @Prajay Basu
    Of course Preview version. RTM is not available atm.

  • I already have a preview version of Office 2013 and I can tell you as a connoisseur my opinions about it. It's good, it works fine, but it's too white. It's blinding white. In the 2010 version there was the possibility to customize the background colour; instead, the 2013 version offers the chance to switch between 2-3 themes that occupy the upper right corner of the screen, almost unseen. Some of us may be bothered by this huge amount of white, and may find it tiresome. That's why I would like to suggest to Mr. Gupta to find a way to restaure the possibility of customizing the screen background of the application. I like very much the new way of screen capture, and the possibility of copying the screenshot in clipboard.

  • VG

    ^^ I agree with you. Let the RTM version become available and I'll try to do something regarding it. ;)

  • Pirates! get ready!

  • I really love the new office. Except for the 'ALL CAPS' menu. it looks like Office is angry,

  • So when can we expect a final build of IE 10 for Windows 7?

  • Found my answer. Looks like it will be either with the release of Office or patch Tuesday in February.

  • The RTM version now has 3 color schemes: Blinding white, slightly Grey and a little more Grey. (Very disappointing! ) Oh yes, they also added a bunch more of those "backgrounds". Obvious where their priorities are. At least MS reacted to the complaints. Maybe if people continue to complain MS will at the very least port the existing 2007 and 2010 color schemes into 2013 in a Windows Update or Service Pack.

    For the all upper case tabs (which also I find distracting), I have learned a VERY simple fix.

    File menu > Options command > Customize Ribbon option. Select each of the tab names, one at a time, Rename them by adding a space at the end of the name.

    TA-DA! they switch to senctence case! Yay!

  • VG

    ^^ Please check following:

    http://www.askvg.com/review-whats-new-in-microsoft-office-2013/
    http://www.askvg.com/how-to-get-rid-of-all-caps-tab-titles-in-microsoft-office-2013-ribbon/

  • my first time to download MS 2013 i'm glad thank you

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