Meanwhile, the conventional license suite Home & Student 2013 comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, while Home & Business 2013 adds Outlook. Professional 2013 comes with the previous applications plus Publisher and Access.
All versions, whether subscription or conventional, have a new interface consistent with the "Modern" -- formerly called "Metro" -- interface of Windows 8, which is optimized for touchscreens, such as those in tablets.
Microsoft also announced that starting Oct. 19, buyers of Office 2010 or Office for Mac 2011 will be able to sign up free for a one-year subscription of Office 365 Home Premium or the equivalent Office 2013 offering. Small-business owners will get a three-month trial of Office 365 Small Business Premium.
The company recently said that the Office version that will ship with Windows RT devices will be available between November and January. Windows RT is the Windows 8 version for ARM-based tablets and devices.
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