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Microsoft Office 2013 Upgrades Will Save Businesses Money

Updated on October 27, 2012

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

Logo for the new suite.
Logo for the new suite. | Source

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 d├ębut 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.

Save Money

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.

The Launch

Get ready for the pre-launch offer.
Get ready for the pre-launch offer. | Source

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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    • CrazedNovelist profile image

      A.E. Williams 

      5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Very useful Christy... I look forward to trying out Microsoft Office 2013. :)

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      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Glad the information helps you Glenn!

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      Glenn Stok 

      5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I'm just in the process of switching over from a Microsoft PC to an Apple Mac. I just purchased Office Mac 2011 and am glad to read in you hub that this is included in the offer to upgrade. I'll have to follow up on that. Thanks for writing about this. Voted up.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank-you Michelle and Ruchira for the votes, shares, and your positive comments!

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      5 years ago from United States

      Great information cause I use Microsoft for word.

      Voted up as useful.

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      We all grew up with Microsoft. So I'll give the new product my support. Thanks for the write, Christy!I share.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the positive comment and share Mellonyy!

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for your updates, they are useful and interesting! Pinned!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Great to connect with you all and thanks for the comments! I enjoy staying current on computer trends and this one caught my eye. Your support here is great everyone, thank-you.

      Flash, you need to purchase the software during the time periods to be able to get the free upgrade. In the case of coming free with the computer, if you buy the PC during within the offer period you should ask the specific company's representative (computer store).

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I imagine this will make it's way to many business systems and improve their services. Great write up, always enjoy knowing what is coming and you keep me updated!

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Even though I am a computer slug...I decided to read this as I do have a PC. You did a great job and will read again for more understanding. However, anyone who can turn on a computer can follow. I always learn from your computer hubs..and glad you are hear so I can slightly keep up.

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      5 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and useful and I save onto my FB page.


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      5 years ago from North-East UK

      Christy, good hub. I am using a knackered old version of Office 2000 and have been thinking of upgrading my home version to the latest MS-Office. I think for businesses this free upgrade will be a boon but maybe Microsoft are realising that they need to be more competitive, especially in the business world.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good job Christy! This doesn't apply to me at all but I do like Microsoft and this seems like a great deal for businesses.

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      5 years ago from usa

      Microsoft Office is an excellent product so thank you for the information I am sure someone will find this article useful. If Microsoft office came free with your computer can you upgrade?

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      Janine Huldie 

      5 years ago from New York, New York

      Christy, so interesting for those who are PC users. I happen to have all Apple products and run on Safari and also their documents programs, such as Pages. So this doesn't apply as much to me at this point, but still found it interesting about their latest upgrades. Thanks for passing the information along and have of course voted up and shared all over.


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