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Office 2013 Won't Run On Windows XP, Vista

Microsoft's upcoming Office productivity suite is limited to systems running Windows 7, Windows 8, or latest versions of Windows Server.

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Microsoft's Office 2013 suite, unveiled Monday by CEO Steve Ballmer at a launch event in San Francisco, is only compatible with PCs, laptops, or tablets running the newest Windows operating systems--either Windows 7 or Windows 8, according to Microsoft.

Systems running Vista, XP, or older versions of Windows won't be able to run the software, meaning that more than half of all computers currently running Windows would need an upgrade to run Office 2013.

Microsoft earlier this week posted the system requirements for Office 2013 Customer Preview on one of its support sites. Compatible operating systems are limited to Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012.

A spokesperson confirmed the requirements are applicable to the final version of Office 2013.

Systems will also need a processor that can run at a minimum of 1 GHz, and have 1 GB of RAM for 32-bit systems or 2 GB for 64-bit hardware. Also, 3 GB of available hard disk space is required, as is a DirectX 10-compatible graphics card for users who want hardware acceleration.

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The most noteworthy requirement is that PC systems run either Windows 7 or Windows 8. Windows XP is more than a decade old, but by some estimates it's still used on the majority of enterprise PCs. Microsoft has said it will end all support for XP in 2014. Vista is only five years old, though it's got minimal market share.

Microsoft is clearly hoping that Office 2013 provides incentive for users running older versions of Windows to upgrade. For most businesses, that means going from XP to Windows 7. Many companies have yet to make the jump to Office 2010.

"Most organizations are still working on Windows 7 and Office 2010 deployments," said Gartner analyst Michael Silver. "I don't think they'll be spending too much time worrying about Office 2013 until late 2013 or early 2014."

According to data published by market watcher Net Applications, 51% of PCs are still running Windows XP or Vista, while only 42% are running Windows 7. Windows 8 is expected to be released in October.

At the launch event, Ballmer called Office 2013 "the most ambitious release of Microsoft Office that we've ever done." He emphasized its touch capabilities, and the fact that it's integrated with cloud services like SkyDrive and Office 365.

Microsoft has yet to reveal a specific launch date or pricing details for Office 2013.

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anon3909459688
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9/1/2014 | 12:12:56 PM
office 2013 wont run on xp/vista
$40 for the upgrade from XP to 8? i wish we had those prices here in the UK!

 
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2/1/2013 | 7:24:56 PM
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Not to mention that MS probably is counting on employees working at businesses to whine for Office 2013 just because they think their employer should spend money on something the employees will never have the skill and knowledge to fully exploit anyway.
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2/1/2013 | 7:19:47 PM
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Oh, thank you KB for telling the people of the world that they are archaic and what they need to "bother" to do. You see that MS marketing decision as "a means to finally GIVE people the INCENTIVE NECESSARY.....that's MORE SUITABLE for the PRESENT.

Thank you so much for your rather presumptuous judgment re what people need. If you are not a current MS employee, I assume you once were.
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2/1/2013 | 7:13:35 PM
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Typical Microsoft. They owned the world, but never figured out how to manage it. So now they are losing control of their population. The Barbarians are at the Gates, and have breached the walls.
AustinIT
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7/20/2012 | 8:00:50 PM
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You either pay to play or else you go with what you know. That's your only choices.
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7/20/2012 | 6:38:18 PM
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I will make a simple comment and that is it. If I could afford everything that I wanted then I would not be riding glue factory horse! If someone wants to buy me the latest and the greatest then I am all for upgraded software! Otherwise quit picking on my glue factory horse!

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AustinIT
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7/20/2012 | 2:21:11 PM
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LOL

All those "Museum Dwellers" really crack me up complaining that they can't put a shiny new $300 saddle on a glue factory horse.
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7/20/2012 | 7:16:16 AM
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It is a bad new for many people that the new office 2013 is not supporting xp or vista. But their are many awesome feature of new office 2013 so i will enjoy working on it. I do most of my work for my blog http://www.ipad89.com on office
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7/19/2012 | 5:41:43 PM
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If you have a computer running ME, you can be absolutely sure that Microsoft (along with the entire rest of the world) doesn't care. BTW, if you're trying to make a funny, use a smiley. It comes off like you really actually use ME in 2012!
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7/19/2012 | 3:51:34 AM
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I close a law office in 2009, and consequently have 5 computers running versions of XP (Home Edition, XP, and XP Professional). Not one of these computers have the system resources to run Windows 7 or Windows 8. Moreover, most people do not regard Windows 7 or Windows 8 as "upgrades" -- Windows 7 is a memory hog that should have been put out of its misery a long time ago.// I also have 1 computer running Windows Millennium Edition and a laptop running Windows 98 - I assume that Microsoft does not give a crap about users such as me. Right now, Apple is the only option for users who cannot stick with older (more reliable) computers. We don't need Microsoft's "upgrades" - Google Chrome and Norton do the job.
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