Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks at the launch of the company's Microsoft 365 cloud service in New York (Photo : Reuters)
A trial version of Microsoft Office Pro 2013 is now available at the company's official site, offering customers a taste of the next iteration of the popular program suite.
While the software expires after 60 days, Pro 2013 includes SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, Access, Publisher, Office, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
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"By offering Office Pro Plus 2013 as a free trial, it seems like Microsoft may be trying to give users a push to subscribe to its Office 365 service, which adds powerful cloud-based solutions to the existing host of Office applications.", reports Think Digit.
For Microsoft Office 2013, Microsoft looks to transition most users to a subscription model. Office 365 Home Premium will cost $99.99/year, and Office 365 Small Business Premium will cost $149.99/year. If Office users opt for the traditional licensed offering, Office Home & Student 2013 will be priced at $139.99, Office Home & Business 2013 at $219.99, and Office Professional 2013 at $399.99. Office Small Business Premium offers its suite for $12.50/month and can be used by up to 25 employees. Office 365 University costs either $79.99 for a four-year subscription, or $1.67/month.
Microsoft has further incentivized the new Office with a promotion that encourages any consumer who purchases Microsoft Office 2010 between now and April 30, 2013 to apply for a free upgrade to Microsoft Office 2013 or a one-year subscription to Office 365, the Redmond-based company's cloud service.
No official release date has been revealed, but Microsoft's corporate vice president of the Office Division
Kris Koenigsbauer promises a launch during the first fiscal quarter of 2013, which falls between October 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.