Final Version of Office Home & Student 2013 RT Coming in Early November

Microsoft's nex version of Office suite "Office Home & Student 2013" bundle for ARM-based Windows devices, dubbed as Office for Windows RT is due to begin rolling out later this year, and is slightly different from its x86-based counterpart Office 2013. "You'll find Office for Windows RT to be a full-featured member of the Office […]

Microsoft's nex version of Office suite "Office Home & Student 2013" bundle for ARM-based Windows devices, dubbed as Office for Windows RT is due to begin rolling out later this year, and is slightly different from its x86-based counterpart Office 2013. "You'll find Office for Windows RT to be a full-featured member of the Office family," Microsoft stated.

"Office Home & Student 2013 RT is only available on Windows RT devices and is not sold standalone. The Windows RT devices available at Windows RT General Availability will include preview editions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote," Micosoft official writes in a blog.

Adding, After the final edition of Office Home & Student 2013 RT is released in a customer's language, "their Windows RT device will be automatically updated with the final edition for free via Windows Update (Wi-Fi connection required)," the official said.

Customers can expect to get "these updates starting in early November through January depending on their language," adds the Microsoft official.

Writing further the officials notes, that not only does Office Home & Student 2013 RT deliver stunning battery life, but also great performance and responsiveness on the ARM platform.

Office 2013:

Office 2013

Office 2013 Windows RT:

Office 2013 Windows RTT

"Office Home & Student 2013 RT is similar to its Office 2013 counterpart, and the differences between the versions are subtle, except that it is optimized for the ARM platform and automatically enables touch mode. In an effort to reduce CPU usage, Office for Windows RT stops blinking the cursor after a few seconds of being idle, to minimize the power impact," Microsoft noted in the blog post.

There is also a caching feature that improves performance and responsiveness, as well as improves battery life. "For example, rather than including large number of templates and clipart on the drive, we opted to put frequently used templates on the drive while making the more extensive collection available via the start center in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and also online," Microsoft added.

Microsoft further notes, Windows RT tablets have special requirements for security, reliability, and battery life, and we've worked to ensure that the RT version is well-suited for the platform.

Beyond the features listed below, "Office for Windows RT is fully-featured Office with complete document compatibility," Microsoft said:

  • Macros, add-ins, and features that rely on ActiveX controls or 3rd party code such as the PowerPoint Slide Library ActiveX control and Flash Video Playback
  • Certain legacy features such as playing older media formats in PowerPoint (upgrade to modern formats and they will play) and editing equations written in Equation Editor 3.0, which was used in older versions of Office (viewing works fine)
  • Certain email sending features, since Windows RT does not support Outlook or other desktop mail applications (opening a mail app, such as the mail app that comes with Windows RT devices, and inserting your Office content works fine)
  • Creating a Data Model in Excel 2013 RT (PivotTables, QueryTables, Pivot Charts work fine)
  • Recording narrations in PowerPoint 2013 RT
  • Searching embedded audio/video files, recording audio/video notes, and importing from an attached scanner with OneNote 2013 RT (inserting audio/video notes or scanned images from another program works fine)