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September 13, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Microsoft reveals more details of Office for Windows RT

Since Microsoft announced earlier this year that Office would be included on Windows RT tablets (the version of Windows 8 that runs on ARM-processor-based tablets), people have speculated about what that version of Office would look like.

Today, Microsoft offered more details of what it’s calling Office Home & Student 2013 RT.

In an official blog post, the company says:

It is full Office built from the same code base as the other versions of Office, with small changes that were required as a result of differences between Windows 8 and Windows RT. Our goal when starting the Office for Windows RT project was to deliver:

* ARM as a “first class” platform, including the Same look and feel as x86/x64, same level of polish and reliability, full Office feature-set and fidelity and Service parity (e.g., save to SkyDrive, roaming settings, other Windows Live integration, Office.com experience, etc.)

*Stunning battery life (both active and idle), great performance and responsiveness

Office Home & Student 2013 RT will run on the “desktop” side of Windows RT (as opposed to the tile-based design side that formerly used to be referred to as “Metro”). It will be touch-enabled and is designed to use less system resources.

There will be some differences between this version and the version of Office designed to run on Windows 8 x86 PCs and tablets, including in the areas of macros, add-ins and features that rely on ActiveX controls.

Office Home & Student 2013 RT will be included on Windows RT devices and will not be sold separately, according to Microsoft. When Windows RT devices become generally available, the devices will feature preview versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. The programs will be automatically updated over the air when the final version is available, which the company expects to be sometime in early November through January, depending on which language the customer is using.

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