We have already seen Windows 8 upgrade for 15 dollars and here comes another best offer from Microsoft. What’s the deal! If you buy Office 2010 for Windows or 2011 for Mac between October 19, 2012, and April 30, 2013, you are entitled for a free office 2013 upgrade.

How do you Get It?

The procedure is very simple. Once you buy the current version of Office, just send an email to Microsoft to receive a reminder. This will notify Microsoft that you are qualified for the free upgrade to Office 2013 from the current version of Office 2010.

Microsoft will alert you once the release date is confirmed. Next, you are provided with the ability to download and install Office 2013 for free.

What Editions are supported?

There are different suite of Office products that qualify for this free upgrade – Office Home and Student 2010, Office Professional 2010, and Office for Mac Home & Student 2011. Even individual 2010 applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook qualify for this free offer.

Free Office 2013 Upgrade Offer

If you want to know the full list of qualifying Office products, here’s the list.

The following genuine Office products meet the purchase requirement of this Offer. Please note that not all products are available in all geographies.

  • Office Home and Student 2010
  • Office Home and Student 2010 – Military Appreciation Edition (available in the U.S. only)
  • Office Home and Student 2010 – Canadian Forces Edition (available in Canada only)
  • Office Home and Business 2010
  • Office Professional 2010
  • Office University 2010
  • Office for Mac Home & Student 2011
  • Office for Mac Home & Business 2011
  • Office for Mac Home & Business 2011 – Military Appreciation Edition (available in the U.S. only)
  • Office for Mac University 2011
  • Individual Office 2010 applications
  • Word 2010
  • Excel 2010
  • PowerPoint 2010
  • Outlook 2010
  • OneNote 2010
  • Access 2010
  • Publisher 2010
  • Visio Standard 2010
  • Visio Professional 2010
  • Visio Premium 2010
  • Project Standard 2010
  • Project Professional 2010

But there are some restrictions to this offer. The qualifying products are valid in the following formats.

    1. Full-packaged product (FPP)
    2. Product key card (PKC), point of sale activation (POSA), electronic software download (ESD
    3. Direct original equipment manufacturer (DOEM)

This offer is not valid to the following products.

These may not be so much profitable products for Microsoft which couldn’t come under this free upgrade.

    • Office 2010 and Office for Mac 2011 products obtained from anywhere other than a retail store, online retailer, reseller or direct original equipment manufacturer
    • Not-For-Resale or promotional Office 2010 product
    • Trial versions of Office 2010 product
    • Office Starter 2010
    • Office 2010 product purchased through the Volume Licensing Program
    • Office 2010 product purchased through the Home Use Program
    • Office 2010 product purchased through the Student Select Program
    • Office 2007 or earlier versions

When is the release date of Office 2013?

LationosPost reports that no official release date has been released for Office 2013 suite of products. But Microsoft’s corporate vice president of the Office Division Kris Koenigsbauer promises a launch during the first fiscal quarter of 2013, which falls between October 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.

As far as price is concerned, Office 365 Home Premium will cost $99.99/year, and Office 365 Small Business Premium will cost $149.99/year. If Office users opt for the traditional licensed offering, Office Home & Student 2013 will be priced at $139.99, Office Home & Business 2013 at $219.99, and Office Professional 2013 at $399.99. Office Small Business Premium offers its suite for $12.50/month and can be used by up to 25 employees.

Hope you like free Office 2013 offer and would take its fullest advantage. Let me know your experiences with the offer in the comments section.

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