Microsoft has announced that its next-generation Office 2013 has been released to manufacturing, though the company admits that most of us won’t actually get hold of a copy until the beginning of next year.
With coding and testing complete, the Office 2013 is now at a point of Released to Manufacturing or RTM, effectively meaning it's good to go.
Touch will be at the forefront of Office 2013 as Microsoft caters for an influx of Windows 8 tablets and touch-controlled PCs and laptops, while cloud synching and revamps to Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel and OnePoint will all occur with added features.
Some business customers – Office 365 Enterprise and Volume Licensing subscribers – and developers will get an early look at Office 2013 from November onwards, but the majority will have to sit tight.
If that’s too bitter a pill to swallow, Microsoft is at least promising a free upgrade to Office 2013 for customers who purchase Office 2010 from 19 October onwards.