Microsoft Office 2013 RTM now available, landing on our PCs early 2013

After the official Microsoft Office 2013 unveiling, the company’s latest and greatest Office has been released to manufacturing today. That means OEM PC assemblers will already have their mitts on the world’s most popular office suite for inclusion in factory installs of desktop computers, laptops, convertible tablets, and all manner of X86 devices.

While early licensees will see the software before Christmas, the rest of us will have to wait till Q1 2013 to get the new Office. Of course, that ties in nicely with its name. Getting your very own copy of the Microsoft Office 2013 suite will set you back around £86 for the Home & Student edition, £135 for Home & Office, and £246 for the Professional version – at least if US prices are anything to go by.

Good news for those reluctant to buy Microsoft Office 2010 now knowing that it will soon be outdated: Microsoft will be giving anyone who buys 2010 after October 19 a free upgrade to Office 2013. This is even better than the company’s offer for Windows 8, with anyone buying a machine now able to upgrade for under £15 from Windows 7.

Naturally, touch will play a big role in the new office, with a finger-friendly variety of the Ribbon interface we all love/hate [delete as appropriate] likely to remain in place. Keep an eye out for hands-on impressions and a full review soon.

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