Office 2013 trial is up for grabs

While Office 2013 was released to manufacturing just over a month ago, the productivity suite isn’t actually due out until the first quarter of next year. Luckily, it looks like Microsoft is already offering the RTM build as a free, 60-day trial.

The trial can be downloaded from this page on Microsoft’s TechNet Evaluation Center. You just have to log in with your Microsoft account credentials, fill in a form with your name and country of residence, and choose whether you want the 32-bit or 64-bit installer. Click next, and you’ll be served with a product key and a download link.

The download weighs in at around 769MB for the 64-bit edition. It includes the full-fat edition of Office 2013—dubbed Professional Plus—with all available applications: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Access, Publisher, and Lync. There’s just one little kink. Instead of an installer, Microsoft serves up an .img disc image. Windows 8 will happily mount that image and let you access the installer inside if you just double-click, but earlier versions of Windows may need third-party software to get the job done.

Oh, and by the way, you can still buy Office 2010 if you need a legit, non-trial copy of the software. As we reported last month, Microsoft has set up an upgrade program so that folks who bought Office 2010 after October 19 get a free upgrade to Office 2013 when it comes out.

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    • The Dark One
    • 7 years ago

    I hope they give Project some TLC this time around.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      that’s a separate program, but they are.

    • indeego
    • 7 years ago

    [url=http://i.imgur.com/MAzP8.png<]This doesn't surprise me.[/url<] Oh Microsoft! (Neither Refreshing nor printing shows the product key.)

    • Duck
    • 7 years ago

    Even if it was a free, non-trial, full version… no thanks.

      • rrr
      • 7 years ago

      Indeed, using LibreOffice + LaTeX, and couldn’t be happier.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        germany isn’t such a fan: [url<]http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/442330/german_city_says_openoffice_shortcomings_forcing_it_back_microsoft/[/url<]

          • destroy.all.monsters
          • 7 years ago

          Freiburg !=Deutschland.

          Furthermore they were using an outdated version of Open Office and there is no evidence they did any training for it either. Which is not to say that overcoming culture issues is trivial.

          Your constant and uncritical boosterism of MS cuts your credibility – whether you’re trolling or not.

    • ludi
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Windows 8 will happily mount that image and let you access the installer inside if you just double-click,[/quote<] Wait, a buried lede -- Windows 8 includes a virtual optical drive function?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 years ago

      Yes. Just double-click a .iso file and it mounts to the next available drive letter. Easy peasy.

        • HisDivineOrder
        • 7 years ago

        Will games publishers detect Windows 8, I wonder, and prevent games from playing as long as Windows 8 is installed? I mean, that seems like the fair response given what they said a couple years back…

        • tootercomputer
        • 7 years ago

        That is slick.

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 7 years ago

      Doesn’t everyone install one of these first thing anyway? I can’t remember a time I haven’t had a virtual drive program on my computer since win 98.

    • NeelyCam
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]While Office 2013 was released to manufacturing just over a month ago, the productivity suite isn't actually due out until the [b<]first[/b<] quarter of next year.[/quote<] What, do I have to relearn how to use office... [i<]again[/i<]?

      • Sencapri
      • 7 years ago

      I don’t think so i’ve been using excel since the 2003 version and each itera
      tion had mild changes and that ribbon thing lol

        • indeego
        • 7 years ago

        Apparently not finite carriage returns or lolspeak checking.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 years ago

      From what I’ve seen, 2013 is 2010 with a fresh matte finish.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        pretty much. some more cloud integration, but it’s mostly similar.

        • LoneWolf15
        • 7 years ago

        Translation: If one doesn’t use the Modern UI and already runs 2010, one doesn’t need Office 2013

      • sschaem
      • 7 years ago

      As long as they didn’t remove feature, I’m fine.

        • Rand
        • 7 years ago

        You get Microsoft account integration so it saves to Skydrive by default, shows your name in ribbon when you login to the applications etc.
        It’s mostly just Metro on the desktop skin with marginal touch enhancements and very little else that’s new.

        If your looking for new features there isn’t much at all unless you really needed it to be closely integrated with Skydrive.
        Aside from Outlook which works much better with touch, everything else is still very much a mouse + keyboard application and the touch enhancements aren’t impressive.

        If your a heavy Outlook user and using a touchscreen primarily get it just for Outlook, if your using a mouse stick with Outlook 2010. 2013 isn’t ideal with a mouse IMO.

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