Today we reached an important milestone in the development of
the new Office.
Moments ago, the Office engineering team signed off on the Release
to Manufacturing (RTM) build. This milestone means the coding and
testing phase of the project is complete and we are now focused on
releasing the new Office via multiple distribution channels to our
consumer and business customers.
This is the most ambitious release of Office we’ve ever done. It
spans the full family of Office applications, servers and cloud
services. The new Office has a fresh, touch friendly design that
works beautifully on Windows 8 and unlocks modern scenarios in
social, reading, note-taking, meetings and communications. We are
proud to achieve this milestone and are eager to deliver this
exciting release to our customers.
General availability is planned for the first quarter of 2013.
Starting October 19, customers purchasing Office 2010 from local
retailers or resellers will receive the new Office for free upon
availability. Customers will also see a preview version of the new
Office on Windows RT devices, beginning with the Windows 8 launch
on October 26.
Additionally, we have a number of programs that provide business
customers with early access so they can begin testing, piloting and
adopting Office within their organizations:
•We will begin rolling out new capabilities to Office 365
Enterprise customers in our next service update, starting in
November through general availability.
•Volume Licensing customers with Software Assurance will be able
to download the Office 2013 applications as well as other Office
products including SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013 and Exchange 2013
through the Volume Licensing Service Center by mid-November. These
products will be available on the Volume Licensing price list on
•IT professionals and developers will be able to download the
final version via their TechNet or MSDN subscriptions by
and other Office launch news. In the meantime, if you’d like to
give the pre-release version a try, you can visit office.com/preview.
Thank you to the millions of people who have been testing early
releases of the new Office. We are grateful for your support. Your
invaluable feedback has helped us make the new Office the best
Corporate Vice President
Microsoft Office Division