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Windows RT tablets to arrive with Preview versions of Office 2013 RT

microsoft office 2013For Microsoft consumers, all roads lead to the day when the Redmond-based tech giant will officially release its first line of Windows 8 and Windows RT devices. While everyone waits for that day, we are hearing reports that Microsoft is planning to strip off certain features of its Office 2013 for Windows RT devices. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans are saying that the company will be shipping a Preview version of Office 2013 for Windows RT tablets later this year, with the option to update to the full version of the productivity suite sometime next year.

The reason for this, according to the sources, is to ensure that the battery life and reliability of Microsoft’s Windows RT tablets will not be affected. Among the features that will be reportedly excluded from Office 2013 for Windows RT are macros, third-party add-ins, VBA support, and a small number of other features. Microsoft has to yet to comment about the report, although a company spokesperson said that the packaging has not yet been finalized.

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