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Office 2013 set to arrive tomorrow

Office 2013

By Nicole Kobie

Posted on 28 Jan 2013 at 17:46

Office 2013 is set to arrive tomorrow, after a series of tweets from Microsoft.

Microsoft had previously said its latest Office suite would arrive at the beginning of the year, and is pushing its arrival via a series of "Countdown to 365" messages - referencing its subscription version of Office, which is set for a major update alongside the release of Office 2013.

Office 2013 has been finished for some time - it reached RTM status in October, and some enterprise customers already have the software.

However, UK prices have yet to be officially revealed. A leak last week suggested UK customers will pay £110 for a copy of Office 2013 Home and Student, or £80 for a full-year subscription covering five PCs for the equivalent version of Office 365.

Any customers who has bought Office 2010 since October will receive the new edition for free, Microsoft has said.

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User comments

I'm interested to know how they're going to break down the licenses by 'seats' and 'cores' in the business parlance.

5 seats would be nice, but I have 3 users and more than 5 devices. If they bring out an iPad version of Office, as rumoured, 5 'licenses' doesn't seem enough.

By c6ten on 28 Jan 2013


the 5 devices is only for the home user.

For businesses it is per user/machine pricing. But the business versions of Office 365 also include a cloud Exchange account and the top ones also include Sharepoint as well.

For the "smaller" plans, you have to, currently, provide your own Office desktop licences or use the Office web apps (the MS website doesn't show the updated plans yet), but the $20 per employee per month plan includes an Office licence.

By big_D on 29 Jan 2013

Obviously I'll have to see what they say on launch, the business licensing terms are worrying for consumers, as it suggests that every member of a household will have to have their own subscription. Is the cost of Office for three users (on a subscription plan) really going to triple overnight? That's a scary thought, and I hope I am proved wrong.

By c6ten on 29 Jan 2013

Great, I like the new Office, there are a number of features I'll use regularly as soon as our Office365 online service is also updated to 2013 versions. Unfortunately Microsoft is leaving everybody in the dark one that one. Sometime in 2013 is the stock answer when questioned on availability for businesses.

By adwoodrow on 29 Jan 2013


Home users or business users? Home users can install on up to 5 devices, others can be installed on the fly and will be automatically removed, when you close them.

Business users are on a one-to-one licence.

By big_D on 29 Jan 2013

And everyone in the house gets Skype minutes? There's something fishy about the 'device' limit, and I can't help thinking it's all tied in to one Windows Live ID. But I may be wrong. We won't know for sure until later.

By c6ten on 29 Jan 2013

UK Prices

Office 2013 home & Business = £219.99

Office 2013 Professional Plus = £389.99

By EddyOS_2K9 on 29 Jan 2013

Office 2013 Home & Student = £109.99

By EddyOS_2K9 on 29 Jan 2013

Or it's all here!

By EddyOS_2K9 on 29 Jan 2013

Or it's all here!

By EddyOS_2K9 on 29 Jan 2013

Business Prices

Although MS is being very slow I expect that subscribers to Office365 package E3 at £15 per month will get Office 2013 Professional Plus with a licence for 5 devices.

By adwoodrow on 29 Jan 2013

I had to go to Personal technology column to get the gen on this.

Seems my objection was merely a quibble, and that it really is five devices and isn't tied into the user's ID. (Though who gets the SkyDrive upgrade could be controversial in some households.)

However, even the Office 365 Home Premium subscription amounts to a real-terms price increase for home users, and at a time when this market has more choices than ever, it seems a rather perverse time for Microsoft to raise their margins. Microsoft are hastening their demise as a consumer brand in my opinion, and consequently I expect discounting to start soon as retailers act.

By c6ten on 29 Jan 2013

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