Microsoft is giving away Office 2013 for free on (some) Windows 8 tablets


Microsoft has had some trouble in selling their Windows 8-based tablets, and now they are starting to become creative in trying to push them harder. Earlier this week we learned that Microsoft was giving away keyboards with the Surface RT for a limited time. Now we are learning that Microsoft is throwing in Office 2013 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote) for free on smaller Windows 8 tablets. It isn’t entirely clear which Windows 8 tablets Office 2013 will be available for free on but Microsoft has said its up to the OEMs to bundle the software on their 7-8 inch tablets in the coming months.

Microsoft has said that smaller Windows 8 tablets won’t have access to Outlook 2013, but they did say the tablets will likely come installed with the less comprehensive Outlook RT, the app that is already included for free on Windows RT tablets.

It should be noted this is for Windows 8 tablets (the tablets that run the full version of Windows on Intel-powered processors) — not Windows RT tablets. Microsoft has already pledged to include Office for free on all Windows RT tablets.

Is this enough to persuade you into buying a Surface or another Windows 8 tablet? Let us know in the comments.

[via BGR]

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  • DoktorThomas

    Finally, an admission of Office’s true value … My tablet is yellow with blue lines, bound. When it gets wet, it wrinkles rather than turning into an EPA brown site.

    Ho-hum on tablets. When they are 8 core, 32G of RAM, a T of internal storage with a 32″ screen, mention them again.

  • Mukhi

    [@Mike] well, i think for complicated jobs MSO is not over-priced since there are things that MSO can do whereas free SW may not do. therefore, if 7-8″ win8 pro tab has MSO, it’s worth buying it as long as it is competitively priced. i would not like to compare the price of an android/iOS tab with that of a ‘full OS’ tab.
    but i don’t understand why helluva M$ office is not still available for android/iOS. goddamnit.

  • AT

    Correction *Lower

  • AT

    No. Low the price enough and I might be persuaded to buy. “Might”.

  • Mike

    Still way overpriced. And you can get a good Office clone, Kingsoft Office 2013, for free . . . .

  • Mags

    One word, NO!