Microsoft announced yesterday that they have released Office 2013 to manufacturers, ready to be sold worldwide, which means they have completed all the necessary coding and testing for release at the beginning of next year.

The new Office has been designed with touchscreens in mind, allowing the Windows 8 tablets and touch screen PCs or laptops to use and navigate the application easily, there’s also new cloud syncing from Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote.

All of which you will only be able to use through the current preview, as Microsoft have announced that general availability won’t be until Q1 of 2013, however a preview of the new processing app will launch on Windows RT devices from day one.

But if you need Office today and worrying about paying for two versions, don’t fret as Microsoft also announced the customers who have purchased Office 2010 from October 19th will receive a free upgrade to Office 2013.

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