Microsoft has taken the opportunity to announce that the development phase of Office 2013 is complete and the engineering teams involved have signed off the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build of the suite. Now that the coding, design and development phases of the process are complete; the main focus of the Redmond company is to now concentrate on releasing the new build of Office to consumer and business customers via selected channels.

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Microsoft is going through an extremely busy schedule at the minute with their next major release of Windows about to hit the marketplace on October 26th, as well as their much-anticipated Surface tablet slated for a first public outing on the same day. The old saying of there’s no rest for the wicked definitely applies here, as it turns out that the Redmond-based software giants are also hard at work on producing mobile versions of the Office suite for iOS and Android users.

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With many still savoring the announcements of the iPhone 5, it wasn’t so long ago Apple announced another significant addition to its vast range of products – the MacBook Pro with Retina display. Having gone through a bunch of run-of-the-mill enhancements to the existing MacBook Air and Pro models, the Retinized notebook served as that exciting “one last thing” at WWDC ’12, and although its sky-high price put quite a few consumers off, there was no shortage of consumers snapping up the sharpest-displaying notebook on the planet.

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Microsoft is about to release a groundbreaking version of its popular Windows operating system, although with the usual frenzy surrounding the iPhone 5, you certainly wouldn’t know it. As well as releasing for desktop as per usual, Windows 8 will be available for tablets such as the Surface, and as well as Windows Phone 8 for – you’ve guessed it – smartphones, a special, tablet-friendly iteration will be released for Windows 8 RT.

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If you happen to be the owner of a touch-screen tablet like the iPad or something similar, and also a big fan of Microsoft’s Office suite of programs, then you probably live under an umbrella of disappointment and are aware of the fact that the Redmond software giants don’t offer any native Office apps for the iPad. There’s been talk of the iPad App Store receiving some official apps from Microsoft, but up until now nothing has come to fruition, leaving some users extremely disappointed and having to look for alternative solutions to satisfy their need to create and edit documents on the go.

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Microsoft has a pretty busy schedule coming up over the next couple of months, and as well as Windows 8, Windows Server 2013 and the introduction of the Surface tablet, Office 2013 is also in the pipeline. The next iteration of the popular productivity suite has been available to download as a preview version for the past couple of weeks now, bringing many new features including deep cloud integration, and now the Redmond-based software extraordinaire has launched a dedicated Store for Microsoft Office 2013.

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Following yesterday’s official debut of Office 2013 (and the Customer Preview, which is now available for download as we reported yesterday), Microsoft has today followed up with a post that shares more information about Office 2013′s role in the cloud as well as its future on the Windows Phone platform.

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Although Microsoft didn’t stipulate an Office 2013 announcement would be arriving today, the blogosphere has been abuzz with regards to today’s announcement from the Redmond company. After a big banner showing the new Office logo was placed outside the San Fran venue, it was down to company CEO Steve Ballmer finally lifted the lid on its Office 2013.

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Microsoft Office is widely renowned as the number one software package in the field of productivity, and in line with the upcoming release of Windows 8, the Redmond company is also preparing a new version of its popular suite, Microsoft Office 2013.

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Microsoft has been somewhat coy with regards to Office 15, or Office 2013, but towards the end of its Tech-Ed 2012 keynote, it gave a little more insight into the upcoming version of Office. Set to be called Microsoft Office: Office 2013 RT, it was demonstrated only very briefly, but did appear to serve to confirm the rife rumors that it will indeed be landing next year.

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Whew, that took a long time! It was always inevitable that Microsoft was going to bring its famed Office Suite to mobile devices, since it’s too lucrative a market to miss. Still, the Redmond-based Windows maker is now said to be finally working on ports for tablets on both iOS and Android, a foreshadowing – we presume – to a Metro iteration in a future Windows 8 tablet.

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Tablets are incredibly useful for productivity, and considering around 90% of computer users run Windows, it’s safe to presume that when it comes to typing in a document or writing a spreadsheet, most are accustomed to Microsoft’s Office suite.

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Two weeks ago, some preliminary information and screenshots of the Office 15 Technical Preview build surfaced on The Verge. Today, they have followed up with additional information, this time providing a quick rundown of some of the new features that have been implemented in ‘main’ Office applications – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote – thus far. While Microsoft has mainly remained quiet about what’s coming in Office 15, as it is a Technical Preview build – which is passed to OEMs, partners, and select testers – leaks should come as no surprise, and should even be expected in some cases.

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The Daily posted two screenshots of what they claim to be Office for iPad. One screenshot showed what looks like the “start screen” of the app, where you can open and create documents, and the other showed the “Office” app icon.

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We already knew that Microsoft was hard at work developing an iPad version of the still popular Office suite of apps, and now The Daily has managed to get some hands-on time with it.

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Once upon a time it was all about Microsoft. When you thought about technology companies, mentioned enterprise software or even talked about an operating system, Microsoft was the name that was on the tip of everyone’s tongue. With the recent rise from the ashes of Apple Inc., times have changed a little and suddenly the Redmond company don’t have it all their own way. It is worth noting though, that the company is still producing quality software which mixes innovation with functionality and that doesn’t look like it is about to change anytime soon with the latest announcement from the Office team.

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If you aren’t familiar with ‘OnLive’, they are predominantly a company who offer a cloud-based gaming experience where the games are stored on remote servers and delivered to users through an internet connection.

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The release of the Apple iPad in April 2010 brought about a major change in the way consumers went about their computing business. We started off with personal computers, laptops and netbooks. We even had personal digital assistants which came with a big ugly stylus and made us look like a bit of a snob when using them in public. All of these came with distinct advantages, but none of them quite fulfilled the need of people who wanted to do a bit of everything on the go.

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Microsoft is reportedly working on bringing a version of its hugely successful Office suite to apple’s iPad, according to The Daily. Set to go head to head with Apple’s own iWork suite of productivity apps, Office would bring Microsoft’s Word, Excel and PowerPoint to the tablet that is undoubtedly number one in its field.

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While Black Friday is done and dusted, it is time for Cyber Monday. For those unaware of the term, Cyber Monday is a term used for the Monday that follows Black Friday. It is a one-day online shopping event where companies lower prices (and hence, profits) in order to gain more revenue. Generally speaking, Cyber Monday deals aren’t as good as Black Friday’s, but they are still something every consumer electronics/gadgets enthusiast should look into. Since we’re a technology blog, we’ll be covering different Cyber Monday deals throughout the day. In this post, we’ve listed Cyber Monday deals on Microsoft products which you can check out after the break!

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