Microsoft is introducing “Consumer Preview” version of Office 2013 – a free downloadable. The catch? The latest software will work only on Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs – leaving Windows XP and Vista customers out in the cold. Users wishing to take advantage of the new Metro version of Office will have to upgrade to at least Windows 7 to grab the download.
With Windows 8 hitting its stride to release for this coming fall, Microsoft has provided potential buyers its first look at the next version of Office. Microsoft’s “touch everywhere” concept is setup along with stylus control, and of course traditional keyboard and mouse input. In addition to the traditional suite, ARM-based Windows 8 devices will include Office Home and Student 2013 RT, containing Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote (but not Outlook).
“The new Office is social and unlocks modern scenarios in reading, note-taking, meetings and communications and will be delivered to subscribers through a cloud service that is always up to date,” said the company.
“We are taking bold steps at Microsoft,” Ballmer said at the press event. “The new, modern Office will deliver unparalleled productivity and flexibility for both consumers and business customers. It is a cloud service and will fully light-up when paired with Windows 8.”
LTG will be looking into Office’s pre-release versions and will have articles detailing the features of Outlook, Word, Excel, and OneNote. For now, here’s The Verge’s take in the new Office suite:
You can download the Office 2013 Consumer Preview here.
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