Microsoft Corporation(NASDAQ:MSFT) has launched an Office update offer that gives users purchasing the latest Office 2010 a free copy of the forthcoming Office 2013.
The deal was stuck with the official title of Microsoft Office Pre-launch Offer. It started on 19th October and will end on 30th April 2013. Customers, who choose to purchase a retail copy of Office 2010, can download a free copy of the equivalent version of Office 2013 or in some cases, opt for a free one-year subscription to an Office 365 Plan.
Even though, Microsoft has declared Office 2013 and provided a preview of the new suite and process, it has not yet declared any launch date. Many people are predicting Office 2013 and the Office 365 plans that depend on it to ship sometime during late January or early February 2013.
The update or Office 365 subscription will be made available when Office 2013 makes it to the market.
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Microsoft runs similar deals for Office regularly. In 2010, it kicked off a technology guarantee for purchasers of Office 2007, giving them an upgrade to Office 2010 for free. This offer was available for several months bracketing the retail launch of the latter.
The only difference this time is that Microsoft is giving customer options.
Purchasers of Office Home & Student can opt for a perpetual-licensed version of Office Home & Student 2013 or a one-year subscription to Office 365 Home Premium. The plan allows customers to install and run Office 2013 on five tablets or PCs within a household.
People, who buy the business grade Office Professional 2010 will be able to choose either Office Professional 2013 along with a three-month subscription to Office Small Business Premium or a one-year subscription to Office 365 Home Premium.
Microsoft will not be updating Office for Mac for now. Purchasers of that suite will receive a one-year subscription to Office 365 Home Premium. All plans pertaining to Office 365 plans will let subscribers to install and run five copies of Office on Window Macs or PCs in any kind of combination.
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