Microsoft hints at 29 January Office 2013 release

After a leak from retailers and several rumours, Microsoft has hinted that Office 2013 is set for a public release on 29 January. 

Microsoft tweeted from its official Office Twitter account, "More time to create the things you want. Coming to @BryantParkNYC on 1/29 #Timeto365", with the image below.

Announced in 2012, Microsoft first offered Office 2013 to business customers in mid-November and made a consumer preview available for download even earlier. Additionally, Microsoft gave Office 2013 RT some extensive testing on its Surface RT tablets.

Three Office 365 subscription packages will be available, starting at $99 a year on subscription or $139.99 one-time standalone purchase.

Office 2013 will feature versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. Users will be able to install a version on up to five PCs, Macs or mobile devices.

Office 365 Home Premium is designed for families and consumers. It will include an additional 20GB of SkyDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype world minutes a month.

Office 365 Small Business Premium will include business-grade email, shared calendars, website tools and HD webconferencing.

And Office 365 ProPlus is designed for enterprise customers who want advanced business capabilities and the flexibility to deploy and manage in the cloud.

We'll be on the lookout for more information.