Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 reaches RTM

It is really exciting to learn that engineering work on the new Office and SharePoint is complete. For me I have been fortunate enough to try out the fifth generation of SharePoint product and technologies with all the wonderful functionalities meeting the latest web standards and a wave of new technical architectures within SharePoint, such as the App Store and Search platforms.

The following statements indicate the general availability of the products

From SharePoint Blog:
”We will begin rolling out new capabilities to Office 365 Enterprise customers in our next service updates, starting in November through general availability. Volume Licensing customers with Software Assurance (SA) will be able to download SharePoint 2013 on-premise through the Volume Licensing Service Center by mid-November. For business customers without SA, it will also be available on the Volume Licensing price list on December 1.”

From the Microsoft Office News:

“We will begin rolling out new capabilities to Office 365 Enterprise customers in our next service update, starting in November through general availability.
Volume Licensing customers with Software Assurance will be able to download the Office 2013 applications as well as other Office products including SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013 and Exchange 2013 through the Volume Licensing Service Center by mid-November. These products will be available on the Volume Licensing price list on December 1.
IT professionals and developers will be able to download the final version via their TechNet or MSDN subscriptions by mid-November.”

The general availability is planned for the first quarter of 2013. In the meantime the Office 2013 preview and SharePoint Server 2013 preview can be accessed to learn more! Enjoy!

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Chirag is an Independent Consultant at Patel Consulting, Chartered IT Professional, TOGAF9 Certified Architect and Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (Productivity, Data Platform) based in London, UK with more than 15 years of industry experience. He works with a wide variety of clients in many sectors, designing and implementing business collaboration, data and information management solutions and services based on SharePoint and Office 365 technologies to create business value for both themselves and their customers, including UK Microsoft Gold Partners with deployment, upgrade and migration services delivery. Chirag is an active SharePoint community participant, frequent speaker at local and international events including SharePoint Saturdays and Collab365. He is also one of the co-organisers of the SharePoint User Group UK (London) region. In 2011, for his valuable contributions to Microsoft TechNet forums he received a Microsoft Community Contributor Award. In his little spare time he enjoys cycling, cricket and every year participating in Charity bike rides and Duathlons. You can find him online at www.techchirag.com and follow Chirag on Twitter at @techChirag.

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