Those wanting to get their hands on the new 2013 products can expect them to be available in the "first quarter of 2013," according to Koenigsbauer. In the meantime, Microsoft will be running a promotional deal for new Office 2010 buyers, offering a free upgrade to Office 2013 when it's released. This promo will start on Oct. 19 for those buying Office 2010 from retailers or resellers.
Office 365, Microsoft's service that delivers hosted versions of Exchange, SharePoint and Lync, along with a premises-installed Office Professional Plus, is also getting new capabilities. The Office 365 improvements happen a bit differently from the RTM releases because Microsoft continually updates its Office 365 services through various "service update" releases. The next service update with the new 2013-branded capabilities will start becoming available to Office subscribers in November.