Microsoft in an office blog published today has confirmed the earlier speculated free availability of Microsoft Office 2012 on all Windows RT tablets. These devices will ship with the preview version of Office.
Those who are aren’t familiar with the Windows RT Tablets, these will be using ARM chipsets, aimed at users demanding a higher battery life, rather than performance. It’s targeted more towards mobility on the go.
If you are thinking that if they are including the preview version, there must be a paid version offering more editing abilities to the user, that’s wrong. It is said that they will include the preview version of Office at the time of purchase of RT tablet, and the preview version will be automatically updated to the full version via Windows update. We would have liked to get a full version from the start, rather than waiting for an update.
The Windows RT devices will be available after October 26th which is just more than a month away from today. It means if you purchase the device on availability, you wait another one month as the Windows update stuff will be available from Novemeber.
This version of Office that is designed for Windows RT devices are to be less resource hungry, which in other terms mean that they won’t necessarily contain all the functions of a full fledged office suite. Let me give you an instance, say enterprises care about email, and the Windows RT version of office won’t come with Microsoft email. Also, there is no support for flash videos.
The more powerful Windows 8 devices which are PCs and care more about features and performance will get the full fledged Office 2013 version. However, that won’t be free and will come with a price.
Microsoft Office is one thing which is still standing tall despite the many choices available from others. Microsoft is clearly choosing the way that things are to be provided for free, and which are needed to be purchased.