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Microsoft’s new range of office suite, Office 2013 and Office 365 are already released. To promote the new Office 365 office suite, Microsoft has started a brand new campaign. The campaign specifically targets students who might want to give Office 365 University a try. Through this special promotion, Microsoft is offering Office 365 University three-month trial and an extra 20 GB of SkyDrive storage absolutely free of cost.

Microsoft seems to love keeping start screens for its various products. Be it Windows 8, the latest operating system or Office 2013, the latest office productivity suite from them, the start screen becomes very annoying for most of the users after a few days of usage.

Whenever you open any Office 2013 product, by default, you will see Office 2013 template selection screen. From this Office 2013 start screen, you can choose from the available online templates and continue your work. Microsoft thought its very convenient but if you just want to start working right after opening the product, it’s actually very annoying. Normally, most users want to either directly open a blank document, spreadsheet or presentation instead of using a template. So, the first thing a user will want to do is disable Office 2013 start screen and get rid of the annoyance.

Microsoft has already released Office 2013 final RTM version to TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Microsoft Office 2013 Consumer Preview was already available as free download. Microsoft has finally made available a 60 day trial of the full version of Office 2013 Professional free download.

Now, even if you are not a TechNet or MSDN subscriber, you can download a fully functional copy of Office 2013 absolutely free from Microsoft. This 60 day trial version is a fully functional copy of Microsoft Office 2013. You can use all functions of the 60 day trial version of Office 2013 without any limitations or restrictions.

Microsoft announced that Office team has signed off on Office 2013 RTM (Release to Manufacturing) build. Reaching RTM milestone means that Microsoft has completed its testing phase.

According to Microsoft, general availability of Office 2013 is planned for the first quarter of 2013. If a consumer purchases Office 2010 from local retailers or re-sellers, starting October 19, they will receive the new Office for free upon release. In addition, a preview release of the new Office will be available on Windows RT devices after Windows 8 launches on October 26.

The Document Foundation have released LibreOffice 3.6, one of the best open-source Office suite available. An open-source alternative to Microsoft Office and a fork of Apache OpenOffice, LibreOffice 3.6 is the fourth major release of the open-source Office suite. With version 3.6, The Document Foundation have introduced a number of new features and improved performance.

Some of the notable new features includes PDF export with watermark, new CorelDRAW importer, high quality image scaling, improved auto-format function for tables in text documents, color-scales and data-bars in spreadsheet cells, improved CSV handling, integration with Alfresco via the CMIS protocol and limited SharePoint integration, and Microsoft SmartArt import for text documents.

Microsoft has officially announced the release date for the long-awaited next update of the Windows operating system, Windows 8. Windows 8 is set to release on October 26, 2012.

Steven Sinofsky announced this date at Microsoft’s annual sales meeting and The Windows Blog shared the news. The Windows 8 release date is what everyone was predicting. You can mark the date on your calendars if you are waiting to upgrade to the final version of Windows 8.

From October 26, 2012, consumers will be able to either buy the operating or they can buy Windows 8 upgrade at promo price of $39.99. Earlier, Microsoft did hinted that Windows 8 is coming in the last week of October.

Microsoft has released the Customer Preview of its next version of Office productivity suite, Office 2013 (codenamed Office 15). Microsoft has not yet officially named Office 2013, but semi-officially, it’s called The New Microsoft Office. With Office 2013, Microsoft is also pushing hard Office 365, an alternative way of getting the latest version of its productivity suite via subscription and not the traditional up-front payment model, used to get the desktop Office suite.

The Customer Preview milestone (public beta) of Office 2013 is now available for end users to download and test on Windows 7 and Windows 8 desktop PCs, notebooks, and tablets. According to Microsoft, Office 2013 is the “modern” version of their popular productivity suite which is used on billions of PCs worldwide.

If you need to change Microsoft Office product key to resolve Microsoft Office activation issues or for any other reason, then you are on the correct page. Today, we will show you how to easily change Microsoft Office product key without uninstalling Office productivity suite from your computer. If you remember, earlier, we have shown you a way to change Windows product key without affecting the operating system in any way. If you want to change your Windows license key, you can head over to that page for reference. Now, coming back to today’s topic about how to change Office product key, simply follow the steps below and get the job done.