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Microsoft has offered up some fresh details about the upcoming release of Office for Windows RT. In a post at the Office Next blog yesterday, the company re-confirmed that the tablet-focused productivity software optimized for ARM processors will come pre-installed on Windows RT devices at no extra cost, but it will be a preview version of Office Home & Student 2013 containing Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.
It’s unclear if this means Microsoft expects the software to be buggy and crash prone initially, or if some features will be missing. That said, all customers will eventually receive an upgrade to the final version of the suite for free via Windows Update starting in early November through January depending on their language.
Office Home & Student 2013 RT will only run in Windows RT machines and will not be sold as a stand-alone product. It was built from the same code base as the versions of Office for computers running traditional x86 chips from Intel and AMD, and offers "the vast majority" of the features available in the full PC version.
Microsoft says Windows RT tablets have special requirements for security, reliability, and battery life, thus some differences with x86 version are unavoidable. Here's the list of features missing for ARM users:
The company will disclose more details on October 26, the day Windows 8 and Windows RT officially debut.
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