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October 22, 2012

Microsoft News - Free Upgrades to Microsoft Office 2013

By Brittany Walters-Bearden, TMCnet Contributor

Microsoft (News - Alert) has announced that its popular and necessary computer program, Microsoft Office, will offer free upgrades to Microsoft Office 2010 to Microsoft 2013, if consumers purchase Office 2010 before the end of April 2013. The upgrade is being offer via the Microsoft website.

The official launch date is yet to be determined, but it is expected to be in the first quarter of 2013.

The Office software can be found on virtually anyone’s computer in some form or fashion. The most used part of the Office software is Microsoft Word, a word processing component. Excel is a component that allows users to create and work with spreadsheets. Powerpoint is a component that allows user to create slideshow presentations in vivid color that can found useful when working in front of large groups of people. OneNote is component that allows for different collaborators to share notes on projects by storing them in a “central” location that others within a specified group and access at various times.

While Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote are the basis for Microsoft Office, there are various powerful programs that can be found on upgraded versions of Microsoft Office.

Microsoft Outlook is the powerful e-mail and calendar component that allows the user to sync multiple email accounts to the personal or business calendar. Microsoft Publisher allows for the creation of brochures or newsletters in various styles. Microsoft Access is the final component of Office Suites and it allows for storing data and using it with other applications and databases.

Microsoft Office 2013 will feature a touch screen version that can be used on the commonly used tablets and will be easier to use with the Office 265 cloud-based systems.

Microsoft has made its Office announcement during the same week it plans to officially launch its new operating system, Windows 8. It also said it will distribute e-mail reminders for the people who have purchased Office 2010 to upgrade to Office 2013.

Edited by Braden Becker

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