Microsoft to equip pint-sized tablets with free Office 2013

Acer Iconia W3
Acer's Iconia W3 will be the first tablet to come with Office 2013

Not content with shifting over a million Office 365 Home Premium licences since the end of January, Microsoft is looking to extend the reach of its productivity suite by bundling a free copy of

Office 2013

with qualifying tablets, a new report claims.

According to a story by The Verge, Windows CFO and CMO Tami Reller announced at Computex that Microsoft plans to ship Office Home and Student 2013, which includes Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, with "small screen" tablets running the full-flavoured version of Windows 8.

Engadget, which tracked down a Microsoft representative at Computex, has reported that the software giant defines "small" tablets as those with a screen size of 10-inches or under, which rules out the company's own 10.6-inch Surface Pro device.

It does, however, include Acer's Iconia W3, which was unveiled at Computex and will be the first tablet to ship with the free offering. It's up to other OEM manufacturers to bundle the Office suite with their tablets, so it's not yet clear which other device makers are onboard.

Outlook 2013 RT

While Microsoft has decided not to include Outlook in the bundle, Reller has also announced that Outlook RT will be making its way to tablets with ARM processors runing Windows RT as part of its forthcoming free Windows 8.1 upgrade.

It will be joining existing Office RT applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

Kane Fulton
Kane has been fascinated by the endless possibilities of computers since first getting his hands on an Amiga 500+ back in 1991. These days he mostly lives in realm of VR, where he's working his way into the world Paddleball rankings in Rec Room.