By James Paladino (staff@latinospost.com) | First Posted: Oct 23, 2012 02:49 PM EDT
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Any consumer who purchases Microsoft Office 2010 between now and April 30, 2013 is encouraged to apply for a promotion that grants them either Microsoft Office 2013 or a one-year subscription to Office 365, the Redmond-based company's cloud service.

Computer World reports that "Those who purchase the business-grade Office Professional 2010 on the other hand, will be able to pick between Office Professional plus a three-month subscription to Office Small Business Premium, or a one-year subscription to Office Small Business Premium, or a one-year subscription to Office 365 Home Premium."

The site also notes that Mac users will have a more limited selection and will be offered a one-year subscription to Office 365 Home Premium.

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.

The Microsoft Office Pre-launch Offer ends on May 31, 2013 and will take effect when the new software suite releases.

As far as price is concerned, 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.

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