Microsoft confirms – All Windows RT Tablets Will Include Microsoft Office For Free

By on September 14, 2012
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It’s called Office Home & Student 2013 RT

Microsoft has confirmed that it will include a free version of Microsoft Office on all Windows RT tablets. They are calling it Office Home & Student 2013 RT. Office RT will come pre-installed, with no physical installation media.

However even though it is free, it won’t be ready when the first Windows RT devices become available late October. These devices will include a preview version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote and will be automatically updated with the full version for free via Windows Update.

Users can expect to get these updates starting in early November through January.

While Microsoft says, “Our highest priority was making sure that customers can successfully do the things that are most important to them when using Office on these Windows RT devices.” Some features have been left out. For instance, Microsoft Outlook won’t run on Windows RT, Office RT won’t support Flash videos and recording of narration in PowerPoint is also not supported. But Microsoft assures that users won’t find the lack of these features to be limiting.

For me, the case for buying a Windows RT tablet such as Microsoft Surface just got a tad sweeter.


Nafisa Rebello writes and sometimes works in TV. She expected robots in 2012 and is still waiting for teleportation.

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