If you are planning on purchasing the upcoming Windows RT Surface tablet, keep in mind that it may not come with Office 2013 preloaded.  Insiders suggest that Microsoft has only just finished the beta, and therefore Office 2013 may launch a few months later than Windows 8 and the Surface RT tablet.

If you are planning on purchasing the upcoming Windows RT Surface tablet, keep in mind that it may not come with Office 2013 preloaded.  Insiders suggest that Microsoft has only just finished the beta, and therefore Office 2013 may launch a few months later than Windows 8 and the Surface RT tablet. 

Now if consumers won’t get a Surface tablet with MS Office 2013 then what will they get?  Chances are MS will preload the RT tablet with an earlier version of MS Office and offering Surface tablet users opportunities to upgrade to Office 2013 when it’s ready.

People that are interested in the Pro Surface tablet may not have to worry as much as MS Office 2013 may launch alongside the Pro tablet. 

MS does not have a robust app developing community like that of iOS or Android, so an MS Office preloaded Surface tablet will be one of the main reasons why people will consider the Surface at launch.  Savvy tablet users know that office suite apps are available for purchase on both iOS and Android, and for increased productivity they just need a small and cheap keyboard add on (some peripherals are more expensive than others, it just takes a little bargain hunting to find a cheap alternative).

Polaris Office, Documents To Go, and OfficeSuite Pro, among others, are some of the popular office software that are available for Android and iPad.  The prices of these apps vary, but if paying for a document editing app is not a priority then people can opt to use free software like Google Doc. 

We don’t know how robust MS Office is on the Surface tablet, yet, but hopefully the Office suite that comes preloaded with the Surface tablet is on par with its desktop counterpart. 

Reference: neowin.net