Microsoft Office 2013 Upgrades Will Save Businesses Money
Businesses can get Office 2013 or Office 365 subscriptions free from Microsoft with purchases of Office 2010. Companies that plan to use the 2013 product save money with the limited time offer. The suite is likely to officially launch in the early New Year.
Microsoft Office 2013
Pre-Launch Microsoft Offer
The pre-launch offer began October 19 and extends to April 30, 2013, according to a recent InfoWorld post.
Businesses that buy and install then activate a qualifying Office 2010 or Office Mac 2011 product before end date will receive notification when able to download the new software. InfoWorld explains that the retail début is likely late January or early February 2013.
Both consumers and businesses can take part in the offer. Eligible products include Office Home & Student 2010 and business-grade Office Professional 2010. There is a choice of upgrade, depending on 2010 product chosen. For Office Professional 2010, free upgrade choices are Office Professional 2013 plus three-month Office Small Business Premium plan, or a one-year Office 365 Home Premium subscription.
Small and midsize businesses that get an eligible product before April 30 will likely save money. The multinational corporation recently announced business prices for the new Office suite. Office 365 Small Business Premium will cost $149.99 per employee per year and Office Professional 2013 will retail for $399.99, according to Computerworld.
By taking part in the free Office upgrades, small and midsize businesses begin the new year with savings in pocket. Businesses that already had plans to buy the 2013 product can buy a corresponding 2010 version to get used to styles and formats. Some features, such as file formats, do not change between the two Office versions. IT professionals can begin testing 2010 software within the networks to prepare for the upgrades.
In addition, enterprises that take part in the offer will not miss obtaining licensed versions of the products when the suite officially debuts. While demand for Office 2013 will likely be high in the new year, these companies make sure they have access to the products.
As Office 2013 only operates on Windows 7 and upcoming Windows 8, businesses can prepare for upgrades now by rolling out the operating systems to computers if not already done. The 2010 programs work on Windows XP and Vista in addition to Windows 7 and Windows 8.
In addition, Office 2013 is available on Microsoft MSDN and Microsoft Technet for people who have subscriptions.
Businesses must redeem the offer on or before May 31, 2013. Companies can potentially save money when they take advantage of the Microsoft offer of a free Office upgrade.
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