Microsoft offers free upgrades to Office 2013 for those who buy 2010 now

Microsoft offers free upgrades to Office 2013 for those who buy 2010 now

Summary: In the run-up to the release of Windows 8, Microsoft has reassured those buying the legacy version of Office now that they will get a free upgrade to the new version when it comes out.


Anyone who buys Microsoft Office 2010 now will be able to upgrade for free to Office 2013 when it comes out, the software giant announced on Friday.

The offer, which is not available to those who bought Office 2010 before 19 October, gives Home and Student, Home and Business and Professional customers the option of upgrading to either the 2013 iteration of their chosen version, or getting a one-year subscription to the cloud-based Office 365 Home Premium.

Excel 2013
People buying Office 2010 now will get a free upgrade to Office 2013 when it arrives, Microsoft has said.

Those on other versions can only upgrade to variants of Office 365. Specifically, Office University 2010 customers, both on the PC and Mac, will get to move for free to Office 365 University, on a four-year subscription. The other Office for Mac versions will only provide upgrades to one-year Office 365 Home Premium subscriptions.

To get the upgrade, customers will need to provide proof of purchase, dated between 19 October, 2012 and 30 April, 2013, and a valid product key. They also qualify if they buy a new PC that comes with Office 2010 preinstalled during the eligibility period.

The offer came as Microsoft prepares for the official launch of Windows 8 this week.

Office for Windows RT

The upgrade offer may be less relevant to consumers who are planning to buy a Windows RT device such as Microsoft's Surface, as the ARM-centric version of Windows 8 already comes with a copy of Office Home and Student 2013 RT. That version of Office is not licensed for commercial use, though, and those who want to use it for such purposes will need to purchase a further license.

Microsoft originally said that the first Windows RT tablets would ship with a preview version of Office 2013 RT, which would then be upgraded to the full version at some point soon after the launch.

However, Ars Technica reported on Saturday that Microsoft was already pushing out the update ahead of the Surface RT launch this week.

Topics: Microsoft, Enterprise Software, Windows

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  • If I have Office 2010 on 3 PC's ...

    ... what happens to those 3 copies when I uprade to 2013?
    • Office 2010 Customer Support Phone Numbers
    • office 2013 not worth the change!

      seriously... I switched to Window-8 since 3 weeks ago. I have regreted it ever since... and more by the day! My productivity has gone down just to get use to the silly un-intuitive UI. (or, excuse me... I am the wrong one as I should have learned to like the new style... all it needs just a few hours of learning, - MS's new UI mentality) Then, what's the deal of a single pdf or image viewing at a time! O... about office 2013, it is not worth it. Two worst bugs I found:
      1) try to open a file, not only it has to ask a couple of times, but also it goes to the last known directory no matter what I have selected.
      2) a long delay when I attempted to insert some files from time to time. I think it is trying to look for from the network.
      3) outlook is the worst among them, it crashes often; especially when I attempted to insert files.

      Ok... for those who are Microsoft worshipper... I am sure you will tell me it is my fault as I have not done a b c d e f g h i j k... If I have done all those, everything will work fine!
      • digressive window 8

        O... more ...
        what is deal about having to type in the whole application name to find it ... 20 years ago technology!?
  • Microsoft offers free upgrades to Office 2013 for those who buy 2010 now

    Its a good deal for me, will probably do a couple of copies of Microsoft Office for each PC.
    Loverock Davidson-
    • Makes no sense

      Why would it be a good deal to have a couple of copies for each PC?
      You losing copies of software that much.

      “Its a good deal for me, will probably do a couple of copies of Microsoft Office for each PC.”
      • Just in case

        I'll have a couple copies on hand just in case. Actually it was worded badly, after I clicked submit I read it and I agree it didn't make much sense but ZDNet won't allow edits because they can't code a forum worth a crap. Its amazing their web developer hasn't been fired for such an atrocity. What I meant to say was I'll be ordering a couple of copies of Microsoft Office because I have a couple of PCs and each one will get it.
        Loverock Davidson-
        • Do you really hate ZDNet that bad?

          Oh Loverock, your presence on here is no longer a surprise, nor your rants. You make a mistake, repost. Don't like the site or forum, please stay away. It's so nice to hear youi will be ordering Office, it really is. NOT
  • If the upgrade works as well as Media Center upgrade...

    If the upgrade for Office works as well as the "free" Media Center key I'm supposed to be able to get for my legal copies of Win 8 Pro, be prepared for some frustration. The site to get Media Center keys has been non-functional for days and MS support just says "try again tomorrow". Beware MS offering anything...
  • why use cloud

    seems rather stupid to me.... every time I want something that is SAFE, the damn internet goes off, or some SERVER has a glitch.... waste time and my blood pressure goes up (doc says bad) so'
    I bought 2 of the super cheap 1TB sata things, and load all my SAFE there....I also see so much of this" MS support just says "try again tomorrow".
    • stay away this cloud idea..

      Amen to that... Stay away from Windows 8... I know I am stock holder... pains me to say that...

      Talk about having your life revolve around the internet. If you count the cloud... your life will be hanging onto it... yike! No thanks.
  • Microsoft offers free upgrades to Office 2013 for those who buy 2010 now

    I bought and redeemed the offer. It's only office 365, not office 2013. Bullshit!
  • No upgrade to 2013

    I have Office University. Thought I was getting 2013 not office 365. I don't need or want Office 365. I agree with ross1944.
    Also, I would not recommend anyone upgrade to Win 8. I wish I'd stayed on Windows 7.
    Microsoft needs to listen to their customers and not their design department.
  • Upgrade from Office 2010 to 2013

    I got the Office Home/Student 2010 around December 2012,
    but I forgot to upgrade to 2013... was there a deadline
    as I have the receipt of proof of purchase date and I installed
    on 2 computers running Windows 8 around late 2012
    or early 2013...

    Did I miss the window? And if so, am I missing anything as I see
    there are complaints or problems with 2013 or people were
    tricked into another type of update...?

    I just forgot all about it, otherwise I probably should not have
    bought 2010 and maybe I will just uninstall it and sell it
    and go back to 2007 and just use my Mac that has 2011 on that.
    I don't care too much for Microsoft products much like Windows 8
    is having issues ...and hang ups.