Microsoft® Office® 2013, also known as Office® 15, is currently available for download to business customers.

 

Microsoft® has announced that general availability will be during the first quarter of 2013 and there is evidence to suggest that it may happen as early as late January or early February.

 

Volume Licensing customers may choose either Office® Standard 2013 or Office® Professional Plus 2013 as compared below.

 

 

Office® Standard 2013

Office® Professional Plus 2013

Applications

 

 

Word® 2013

X

X

Excel® 2013

X

X

PowerPoint® 2013

X

X

OneNote® 2013

X

X

Outlook® 2013

X

X

Publisher® 2013

X

X

Web Apps: Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint®, OneNote®

X

X

Commercial Use Rights for Office® Home and Student 2013 RT

X

X

Enterprise Server Integration Features 

X

Access® 2013 

X

InfoPath® 2013 

X

Lync® 2013 

X

Office® 2013 is licensed on a “per-device” basis and may only be used with Windows® 8, Windows® 7, or Windows® Server 2008 R2 or later. It cannot be installed on Windows® XP, Windows® Vista, Windows® Server 2008 or other earlier versions of the operating system.

 

Beginning with Office® 2013, licenses acquired via Volume Licensing include Office® Web Apps and Commercial Use Rights for Office® Home and Student 2013 RT for the primary user of the licensed device.

 

Office® Web Apps

Both the Standard and Professional Editions of Office® 2013 include Web Apps. Web Apps are browser-based versions of Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint®, and OneNote® (they are not full-featured versions of the apps but MS continues to improve upon their functionality). With Web Apps, the user may remotely view and edit documents on their primary licensed device while using a non-company owned device such as a personal laptop or tablet without obtaining a separate license for the remote device.

Additionally, external users (non-employees or affiliates) may also view and edit documents remotely without obtaining a separate license.

 

Commercial Use Rights for Office® Home and Student 2013 RT

 

Portable devices running Windows® 8 RT such as the Surface® come with Office® Home and Student 2013 RT preinstalled, but it is restricted to non-commercial use.  Volume Licensing customers of Office® 2013 receive a license to use those portable devices commercially to access the same users licensed company’s device but may not access installations running remotely in a datacenter. Datacenter access requires the remote device to obtain a separate Office® 2013 license for the corresponding Office® suite (Standard or Professional). Commercial Use Rights are included with VL acquisitions of Office® Standard 2013 and Office® Professional 2013 and do not require Software Assurance.

 

Office® with Windows® to Go

 

Office® 2013 may be installed on a USB drive in conjunction with either SA for Windows® 8 or Windows® Virtual Desktop Access. Under this scenario, the user may use Office® 2013 on any company owned and licensed device. For use on non-company owned devices the user must also have Software Assurance for Office® 2013 which includes Office® Roaming Rights.

 

Downgrade Rights

 

Customers may downgrade to previous versions of Microsoft® Office®, but only to the same edition as their current license. For example, a customer may not downgrade from Office® 2013 Standard to Office® 2010 Professional.

 

Additional Benefits for Software Assurance Customers

 

Version Upgrades

Software Assurance customers receive rights to the most current version of Microsoft® Office® 2013 as well as any version upgrades which may occur during the term of their SA coverage.

 

Roaming Use Rights

Active Software Assurance customers with licenses for Office® 2013 may access their software from non-company owned devices without additional licensing, but only when they are not on company premises. This applies to users accessing their primary company owned device as well as company owned servers. If the user were to bring a non-company owned device to company premises, the device would require a license for Office® 2013 and Roaming Use Rights would not apply.

 

Home Use Program

Software Assurance customer employees may install a copy of Office® 2013 on one home computer. The employee may also install Office® on one portable device. These must be the same edition (Standard or Professional) as the company licensed edition. Home Use rights are only in effect while the company has an active SA Agreement. This requires a fee to be paid by the home user and is in effect as long as the employee works for the company.

 

Multi-Language Pack

Multi-Language Pack rights are included with Software Assurance for Office® 2013. These rights will continue beyond the term of SA for Perpetual licensees, but will end with the SA term for non-perpetual and subscription agreements.

 

Enterprise Server Integration Features

The enhanced Enterprise Server Integration Features provide out-of-the-box integration with Microsoft® Business Productivity server solutions including SharePoint® Server 2013, Exchange® Server 2013, and Lync® Server 2013. These features create new opportunities to collaborate within and across corporate boundaries, manage content more efficiently, and streamline everyday business practices.

 

Office® Home and Student 2013 RT

The Surface® Tablet and other devices running Windows® RT come pre-installed with the Home and Student edition of Office® 2013. It is important to note that the Home and Student edition does not include commercial, non-profit, or revenue producing rights and may not be used in a professional setting except via the Commercial Use Rights as previously noted.

 

Standalone Applications

Each of the individual applications (Word®, Excel®, etc.) may be licensed separately under Select/Select Plus or Open License Agreements, but only Lync® 2013 and Lync® Server 2013 may be added to an Enterprise Agreement (EA) individually.

 

OEM License Conversions

Customers may enroll certain Office® licenses acquired from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) into Software Assurance through the Open License, Open Value, and Select Plus programs within ninety days of acquiring those licenses. It is important to note that the components of OEM Office® Professional 2013 are not identical to the edition offered directly from Microsoft® or their other (non-OEM) channel partners. The OEM version does not include features such as Lync® 2013, InfoPath® 2013, and Enterprise Server Integration features. Because of these differences, converting OEM Office® Professional 2013 will equate to a license for Office® Standard 2013.

 

Licensing Program Options

As with previous versions of Office®, there are a number of licensing programs and options available. Please consult the current Microsoft® Product List or contact your Authorized Reseller or Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) for more information.

 

 

 

Office® 2013 Standard

Office® Professional Plus 2013

Open Value

X

X

Open Value Subscription

X

X

Open License

X

X

Select Plus

X

X

Enterprise Agreement

 

X

Enterprise Subscription

 

X

Education Solutions

 

X

 

Nov 2016