Details of Office 2013 Upgrade Program Leaks; "Project Brooklyn" Extending Enterprise Networks to Windows Azure

Microsoft's upcoming office suite "Office 2013", which is currently in Customer Preview mode has some new today -- a information leaked today reveals the upgrade options for Office 2013 likely to be launch this fall.According to unnamed sources, the upgrade offer will begin on October 19th 2012 and end April 30th 2013. "The upgrade offer […]

Microsoft's upcoming office suite "Office 2013", which is currently in Customer Preview mode has some new today -- a information leaked today reveals the upgrade options for Office 2013 likely to be launch this fall.

According to unnamed sources, the upgrade offer will begin on October 19th 2012 and end April 30th 2013. "The upgrade offer for Office will be for Windows users who purchase Office 2010 Home & Student, Home & Business 2010, Professional 2010 or University 2010 and Mac users who purchase University 2011 or Home & Student 2011 between October 19 and April 30, 2013," writes ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley.

"Windows users who buy these SKUs will have a choice of upgrading to Office 365 Home Premium (which is currently one of the new Office versions that is being beta tested) or Office 2013 SKUs that are more comparable to what's out there alread."

In the screenshot, you can see that those who purchase one of the products throughout the Office 2013 tech guarantee program, will be able to upgrade to 2013 for free.

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Though, Microsoft officials haven't shared when the Office 2013's release-to-manufacturing (RTM) or general availability will happen. The sources says, "the RTM is happening in November 2012, with general availability slated for February 2013." And, "TechNet/MSDN and volume-licensing agreements would likely get the final bits shortly after they RTM."

Office 2013 tech guarantee program likel to appear on the Office.com/offer page.

project brooklyn

In another post, she details about the "Project Brooklyn", that aim to bridging on-premises and cloud servers beyond what's available in Azure Connect today.

The official product name for Brooklyn is Windows Azure Virtual Network.

"Project 'Brooklyn' is a networking on-ramp for migrating existing Enterprise applications onto Windows Azure. Project 'Brooklyn' enables Enterprise customers to extend their enterprise networks into the cloud by enabling customers to bring their IP address space into WA and by providing secure site-to-site IPsec VPN connectivity between the Enterprise and Windows Azure. Customers can run 'hybrid' applications in Windows Azure without having to change their applications," reads Microsoft description on Channel9.

"The "into WA" part of this description means into Microsoft's own Azure datacenters," MJF suggests.

Here is a video walk-through about Brooklyn shown at TechEd 2012 show: