Microsoft has announced on its official blog that the Office engineering team has signed off on the Release to Manufacture (RTM) build for Office 2013, reaching a significant milestone in the programme’s development.
Kirk Koenigsbauer Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Office Division writes that:
“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.”
Additionally, Micsrosoft have a number of programs that provide business customers with early access so they can begin testing, piloting and adopting Office within their organizations:
While essentially ready for market, availability is planned only for the first quarter of 2013. For customers who buy Office 2010 from 19th October, they will receive a free copy of Office 2013 when it becomes available.