Microsoft is keeping everyone guessing about the launch date for its new version of Office, declining to say whether it will be made available at the same time as Windows 8, or some time before or after the new operating system.
This would seem to suggest that the Office 2013 apps must surely be officially launched at the same time as Windows 8, now set to be available in October, or possibly before it.
However, Microsoft is being very mysterious about the whole issue, and declining to confirm whether this will indeed be the case.
"You'll have to talk to the Windows team about that," a spokesperson for Microsoft's Office division told V3 when asked whether Windows RT with Office will be available on the Windows 8 launch date.
But Microsoft's Windows team is equally mysterious, referring any questions about Office straight back to the Office division.
The whole affair makes it seem that Microsoft has something to conceal about the relative timing of Office 2013 and Windows 8.
Could it be that Office is now too late to be included with Windows RT at launch, or that Windows RT tablets may be delayed and launched at a later date than the rest of Windows 8?
Whatever the reason, Microsoft isn't prepared to say just yet, it seems.
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