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Businesses can’t use Office on Windows RT tablets!?


One of the attractions of Windows RT tablets to business was to have been that it was coming with a baked-in version of Office 2013. And, so it will, it’s just that you may, or may not, be able to use that edition for “commercial, nonprofit, or revenue-generating activities.” Say what?

If sounded odd to me too, but Windows RT tablets will come with Office Home & Student 2013 RT and Microsoft expressly states that it is “not for use in commercial, nonprofit, or revenue-generating activities.”

Microsoft has long formally held that its Home and Student versions were not licensed for business use. For example, Office Home and Student 2010 is licensed only for “non-commercial use for members of your household.” 

The Windows 8 Pro tablets and Surface devices, with x86 processors, are meant for the mainstream IT market and will support a business version of Office 2013.. Still, Windows RT and Microsoft’s ARM-powered Surface tablets, are meant to take on Android tables and iPads in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) market. There has been no news of a “full” extra-cost Office suite for RT.

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