Microsoft Details Office For Windows RT, Full Version Release Starting Early November

Microsoft Office team today detailed the Office for Windows RT version. Microsoft confirmed that Office for Windows RT preview version will be coming along with Windows RT devices that will on sale from Oct-26th. The final version of the same will be available through updates starting early November. Microsoft also revealed that Office for Windows RT is optimized for touch, uses less resources such as memory, CPU and battery. Apart from the few below, Office for Windows RT will include most of the features that will be part of Office 2013 for PC.

Here are the features that won’t be part of Office for Windows RT,

  • Macros, add-ins, and features that rely on ActiveX controls or 3rdparty code such as the PowerPoint Slide Library ActiveX control and Flash Video Playback
  • Certain legacy features such as playing older media formats in PowerPoint (upgrade to modern formats and they will play) and editing equations written in Equation Editor 3.0, which was used in older versions of Office (viewing works fine)
  • Certain email sending features, since Windows RT does not support Outlook or other desktop mail applications (opening a mail app, such as the mail app that comes with Windows RT devices, and inserting your Office content works fine)
  • Creating a Data Model in Excel 2013 RT (PivotTables, QueryTables, Pivot Charts work fine)
  • Recording narrations in PowerPoint 2013 RT
  • Searching embedded audio/video files, recording audio/video notes, and importing from an attached scanner with OneNote 2013 RT (inserting audio/video notes or scanned images from another program works fine)

Read more about it here.