Microsoft has already announced the upcoming release of Office 2013 back in July, since then many users downloaded the free preview version and tested the software suite. Now a new report from ZDNet details that the software maker is planning to start its Office 2013 upgrade program as early as next month. This program will begin on October 19th and is set to end on April 30th, 2013.
The beneficiary from this offer will be those people who decide to purchase Office 2010 during the promotional period, and they will be able to upgrade to Office 2013 at no extra cost.
Microsoft previously offered similar upgrade discount for those who bought Office 2007 before the release of the 2010 version was available. The offered ran for about seven months and users were able to upgrade to Office 2010 free of charged.
Also ZDNet was able to gather some screenshots of the leaked details from office.com/offer, that of course was quickly taken down by the company. The paged showed how the promotion works depending on the version of the suite the user may be running like, for example, University 2010 or Office 2010 Home & Student, Home & Business 2010 version will be entitle to upgrade to the Office 365 Home Premium subscription plan or to the equivalent Office 2013 standalone installation.
Unofficially Office 2013 Release to Manufacture or RTM version is scheduled to be released in November, and the final release could be available in Q1 2013.