Microsoft has announced at Computex 2013 that it will bundle Office 2013 software with small Windows 8 tablets. What this means is that future 7 and 8 inch Windows 8 tablets will come with Office 2013 suite pre-installed for free. The announcement was made by Windows CFO Tami Reller at the conference that’s taking place in Taiwan. Microsoft says that the task of bundling Office 2013 in to tablets will solely be up to the OEMs. The suite will include Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. The free Office 2013 suite for smaller Windows 8 tablets will not include Outlook 2013.
Right now Acer is the only manufacturer that has a small Windows 8 tablet out in the market. They announced it at Computex as well, called Iconia W3, this 8 inch tablet comes with Office Home and Student 2013 pre-installed. HTC is reportedly working on Windows 8 tablets as well, though it was rumored recently that the Taiwanese manufacturer had dropped plans of a 12 inch Windows 8 tablet. For now, the company is reportedly working on small tablets. Looks like Microsoft is trying to cement its platform’s position in the tablet market by relying on the popularity of Office.