January 29 Microsoft Brazil Event May Announce Office 2013 GA, (or 'possible' Surface Pro)

Microsoft will release Office 2013, or Windows Phone 8 or "possible" Surface Pro with Windows 8 during the January 29, Brazil press conference. The report states that Microsoft will announce General Availability of Office 2013 in Germany as well as other countries. Microsoft is also planning a major refresh of its Office 365 cloud-hosted business apps, possibly later this month.

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With the new Microsoft sends out invites to January 29, Brazlian event, rumors surfaced that it might be the unveiling of Surface Pro tablet, but according to some new reports the company may use the Brazilian press conference for unveiling of its other products such the Windows Phone 8 (that is yet to be released in the country), or the General Release of Office 2013.

According to the report, Microsoft will release Office 2013 to retail stores beginning January 29th in Germany as well as other countries.

Microsoft had eariler in late 2012 confirmed that the Surface with Windows 8 Pro would hit the shelves in early 2013. And, during the annoucement of Office 2013 RTM (Release to Manufacturing) back in Oct last year, it said that it would see general availability during the first quarter of 2013. But, the company has yet to share publicly the planned launch dates for Surface Pro, Office 2013.

In addition, Microsoft is also planning a refresh of Office 365 this month, according to a reports that suggests that the company is preparing its channel partners for the occasion. ZDNet's Marry J. Folley, in its reports quoting Charles Drengberg, a Microsoft Business Manager and Virtual Technical Specialist with En Pointe, wrote the following Technologies are expected to come with Office 365 refresh:

  • "Office 365 users will receive upgrade notifications 14 days prior to the date Microsoft plans to move them to the latest Office 365 release. (Some users already have been told they will be allowed to upgrade in January 2013).
  • U.S. customers will receive upgrades first, with Europe/UK/Africa following several months later. Japan/Korea/Pacific Rim will follow after that.
  • Upgrades will all be completed by "early November 2013." Even users who've opted to postpone their upgrade dates, will be required to upgrade by this time.
  • Standalone Exchange Online tenants will be upgraded first, with "E" Suite (Enterprise) tenants to follow. For those with hybrid online/on-premises Exchange deployments, Exchange 2010 Service Pack 3 will be required in order to use the Exchange Management Console. (Here's what's new in the on-premises version of Exchange Server 2013.)
  • New Office (2013 components) will require Windows 7 or Windows 8. As of April 2013, users who want to deploy the new Office components on both PCs and Macs (under the new Office 365 terms allowing installation on up to five PCs and Macs) will have to have Office 2011 and/or a "newer" version installed on their Macs.
  • Microsoft's free Office Web Apps also will be updated to the latest version. The Lync Web App will be upgraded to HD and will include a "Brady Bunch" style group-video conferencing feature that allows participants to see everyone at once.
  • Office 2010 will be available for download through Office 365 until April 8, 2014," ZDNet wrote.

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