Office Home and Student 2013 will come preinstalled on all ARM-based Windows 8 tablets

Thinking about shelling out for an ARM-based Windows 8 (otherwise known as Windows RT) tablet? Maybe the Surface variant or a tablet from a different vendor perhaps. Then I’m sure you will be glad to hear Microsoft has officially announced Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 will come preinstalled on all Windows RT tablets.

Office Home and Student 2013 on Windows RT tablets will be the fully functional version of Office Home and Student 2013. In other words, you can expect to enjoy fully functional Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote. And since it will be preinstalled on Windows RT tablets, you won’t have to pay a cent aside from purchasing a tablet, of course. Yes, that means Microsoft is giving you Office Home and Student 2013 for free.

Huzzah, friends. Maybe Windows RT tablets won’t be so bad after all you skeptical skeptics.

[via Engadget]

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6 comments

  1. mukhi

    @leland:
    “My guess is the Office inclusion is a way to make up for not being able to run legacy apps. For me it just is not enough…”
    good point. but even ipad does not run legacy apps of OSX. a tablet is a tablet is a tablet. one cannot possibly expect to use it like fully featured notebook.

  2. leland

    It is a nice thing to include but those tablets are not business based at all. No way to join an active directory domain or to run legacy Windows applications. Home users will be well served by Windows RT. However the business world and those who have a large library of Windows programs will be better served with Windows 8 on something like the Surface where you have a real full x86 Windows even if you have to add you own office suite.

    My guess is the Office inclusion is a way to make up for not being able to run legacy apps. For me it just is not enough…

  3. mukhi

    @Gonzo:
    that’s not grammar issue, just a typo…LOL.

    very good news but i am sad to know that RT tablets will not let you install all win SW you want but winpro tabs will do (but will be freaking expensive). therefore, i am not sure whether i want windows tablet.

  4. Gonzo

    Although I’m not interested in getting a Windows tablet, it’s still nice to see Microsoft will include Office Home and Student for free.
    BTW: there seems to be a grammar mistake in the article: except vs expect