Microsoft Office 2013 evaluation edition now available

November 16, 2012 – 10:43 by in News Print Share No Comment

Microsoft has announced the availability of a 60-day trial build of Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013.

And this particular edition will give you a good look at the suite, as it includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Access, Publisher, and Lync.

You’ll need to find somewhere to install it first, of course. Which may be more of an issue than you might think, as the suite won’t run under Windows XP or Vista (this is strictly a Windows 7/ 8/ Server 8/ Server 12 release). And you can’t install it alongside an earlier release of Office, either.

It's touch-enabled, but don't worry, the Office interface hasn't been Metrofied just yet

In addition, you’ll need a Microsoft account to register for the download.

If that’s not an issue for you, though, the good news is that there are both 32 and 64-bit releases available, and the program is already available in a fair range of languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish

Whatever you choose, Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 itself comes in the form of an IMG disc image (769MB for the 64-bit version). The idea is that you burn this directly to disc, although you can also use an archiving tool such as 7-Zip, if you like, to extract the contents to (for instance) a USB stick, or wherever else you like.

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