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During today's Computex keynote, Microsoft Windows chief Tami Reller just announced that new x86 Windows 8 tablets will ship with Office in the box. The executive didn't detail the software offering, beyond mentioning that Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote will all be included. Windows RT devices, for their part, will now also include pre-installed Outlook, beginning with the Windows 8.1 update, which is due to arrive as a preview version later this month.

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Edited by GrizzleBoy - 6/5/13 at 12:25am
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Thats pretty awesome. I await the anti-trust lawsuit though frown.gif
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I await the office suite ballot.
    
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Good, but this just goes to show how desperate Microsoft is. Bundle extra software in order to not have to lower prices, which means, still not very desperate, this is phase 1 desperation; phase 2 is when they lower prices.

But what about bundling Outlook with Windows 8 tablets ? It makes perfect sense and they leave it out, while doing the right thing with Windows RT tablets ? Doesn't make sense. But then again, yesterday there was news of a Halo game for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, leaving Windows RT out (when the game is suppposedly RT based), so it's anyone's guess as to what is happening over at Microsoft.

Hey Grizzle, the title of the article has changed, now this is even more bizarre:

(update: only with those smaller than 10 inches)
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Update: Microsoft just put up a blog post saying that these free Office applications will come with "small screen tablets" -- in other words, not necessarily all Windows 8 tablets. Tami Reller didn't specify screen sizes during her presentation, and we don't know if small necessarily means the Iconia W3 degree of small (i.e. eight inches), but we're seeking clarification.

Update #2: We tracked down a rep at Computex who said that the bundled software will only come with Windows 8 tablets under 10 inches, which will evidently rule out a lot of devices.

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Now release a surface pro with haswell, yes?
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Now release a surface pro with haswell, yes?

This would be a good start smile.gif
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Yeah, but for how long will the bundle last? What you guys are missing is that office 365 is a subscription. They may only be giving it to you for a month and then you have to re-up after that. Hell they could just be installed and you need a subscription to Office 365 to use them.
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Very nice move by Microsoft!! thumb.gif
   
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Yeah, but for how long will the bundle last? What you guys are missing is that office 365 is a subscription. They may only be giving it to you for a month and then you have to re-up after that. Hell they could just be installed and you need a subscription to Office 365 to use them.

Who said it being Office 365? They do have Office 2013 ya know.
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post #10 of 28
why not try to provide office support for mobile/arm os's people actually use? i mean google provides maps support for ios. i guess ms would rather support their dead mobile os than provide something a lot of people would actually use and that would prove highly lucrative to them
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