Microsoft Office 2013

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(Last Updated On: February 25, 2013)

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Microsoft Office 2013 (formerly Office 15[6]) is the latest version of the Microsoft Office productivity suite for Microsoft Windows and the successor to Microsoft Office 2010.[7] Office 2013 includes extended file format support, user interface updates, and support for touch.[8] Office 2013 is suitable for IA-32 and x64 systems and requires Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 or later version of either.[9] A version of Office 2013 comes included on Windows RT devices.[10]

Development on this version of Microsoft Office was started in 2010 and ended on October 11, 2012 when Microsoft Office 2013 was released to manufacturing.[11] Microsoft released Office 2013 to general availability on 29 January 2013.[1] This version includes new features such as integration support for online services (including SkyDrive, Outlook.com, Hotmail, Skype, Yammer and Flickr), improved format support for Office Open XML (OOXML), OpenDocument (ODF) and Portable Document Format (PDF) and support for multi-touch interfaces.

Microsoft Office 2013 comes in twelve different editions, including three boxed editions for retail outlets, two boxed editions for volume licensing channel, five subscription-based editions available through Microsoft Office 365 program, the web application edition known as Office Web Apps and the Office RT edition made for tablets and mobile devices. Office Web Apps are available free of charge on the web although enterprises may obtain for on-premises installation for a price. Microsoft Office applications may be obtained individually; this includes Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Project and Microsoft SharePoint Workspace which are not included in any of the twelve editions.

The license agreement for retail editions of Microsoft Office 2013[12] is different from the license agreements of retail editions of previous versions of Microsoft Office in two significant ways:[13] The software can be installed on only one computer and cannot be transferred to another. In previous versions of Office, both of these restrictions applied only to OEM editions; retail Office license agreements allowed installing the product on two or three computers, depending on the edition, as well as uninstalling from one computer to install on another computer.[13]

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