With the imminent release of Windows 8, one of the most important questions has been regarding Office.
Microsoft is releasing the latest generation of Windows in two flavours, one based on x86 architecture and the other obeying the ARM specs. The ARM version is called Windows RT and will require all applications to be specifically coded to the ARM specs, raising questions about what would happen to Microsoft’s Office suite.
According to Microsoft, all RT devices (tablets etc) will ship with a release preview version of Office RT. Furthermore, sometime between November and January, the version would be automatically updated to the final version of Office RT, depending on the language of the software.
The copy of Office will come pre-installed, with no physical installation media. The Office RT will ship free with all ARM devices, which means the cost of it will be included into the cost of the device.
Office RT is apparently a slightly stripped down version of its desktop counterpart in the sense that is will lack the ability to utilize macros and add-ins. Recording of narration in PowerPoint RT is also not supported.