The next version of Office has RTM’d today, October 11.

Mary Jo Foley had the details..

Volume licensees will be able to get their hands on the the software as of mid-November 2012. (TechNet and MSDN subscribers will get the same access).

Office 365 subscribers also will get all the new hosted-server bits starting in mid-November.

In Q1 2013, the new Office releases will be generally/commercially available to consumers. In other words, that’s when the new home and small-business subscription-based versions of Office — branded as Office 365 — will be available for purchase.

Microsoft officials said earlier this fall that the Windows RT version of Office Home & Student — which will be included with Windows RT-based machines, including the Microsoft Surface RT — will start rolling out to users as of early November.

The new version of Office Web Apps, the Webified versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, are due to start rolling out in late October to Office 365 subscribers, Microsoft officials confirmed this week.


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