On Thursday 11 October, Microsoft announced the RTM of Office 2013, SharePoint 2013, Exchange 2013, Lync 2013, and Project + Visio 2013. But, what does that mean for customers and what other dates are important?
If you are lucky enough to attend the Microsoft SharePoint in Las Vegas, 12-15 November 2012, then you’ll get all the details. In the meantime, here are a few key items to put into your calendar:
- Mid-November – Volume licensing customers with Software Assurance will be able to download the Office 2013 applications as well as other Office products including SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013 and Exchange 2013 through the Volume Licensing Service Center.
- Mid-November – IT professionals and developers will be able to download the final version via their TechNet or MSDN subscriptions.
- December – Office 2013 applications as well as other Office products including SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013 and Exchange 2013 will be available on the Volume Licensing price list on 1 December
- First quarter 2013. General availability of Office 2013 applications as well as other Office products including SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013 and Exchange 2013 is planned for the early 2013
Customers who are already using Office 365 should start seeing updates from November onwards, featuring some the newly released capabilities.
By Microsoft previous release standard, this is probably the largest ranging and most ambitious release to date. The amount of products covered in this release covers most of the Office, server and cloud families. Every one of these components has received an overhaul and focuses much more on the user experience than ever before. It also incorporates the touch friendly design that will be available on Windows 8 – and opens new doors for portables for socializing, reading, note-taking, meetings, etc.
Are you planning on upgrading to these new families?
Are you looking at deploying Windows 8 within your organization?
HiberniaEvros will be able to discuss all these technologies in much more detail with you, and perhaps assist you planning your technology roadmap and activities.