Do you want to try out the latest version of Office – or do you just want to use the full suite for free? If so, you’re in luck. Microsoft has officially unveiled the evaluation copy on its TechNet site. And it’s not stripped down version, either. It’s the full version of Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013.
This suite includes expected software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access and Publisher. It also includes Lync, the company’s new instant messaging and conferencing software. All of the features of the normal version are available.
Before you bother downloading the Microsoft Office free trial, however, check your version of Windows. Office 2013 does not have support for Windows XP or Windows Vista. You will also need at least 1GB of RAM (2GB for the 64-bit versions) and a resolution of 1024×576.
The evaluation version will serve as a first look at the software for many users. Though copies have shipped to PC manufacturers the official retail release date is still set for the first half of 2013. Downloading the evaluation now may put you ahead of the curve.
However, since there’s no guarantee that Office 2013 will launch before the evaluation is over, you may need to downgrade before the full version can be purchased. A price and release date is expected on December 1st.