Thursday, July 19, 2012

No Support for Microsoft Office 2013 on XP & Vista

Looking to upgrade to Microsoft Office 2013 on your Windows XP or Vista machine? Well, Microsoft announced on Monday, that won’t be possible. Not only is it exclusive to Windows 7 & 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012, but there are some processor requirements as well. Computers will need a processor that can run a minimum of 1 GHz and have 1GB of RAM for 32-bit systems, 2GB for 64-bit. In addition, 3GB of available hard drive space is necessary.

Now, here’s the kicker for you Windows XP users...Seeing that XP is more than 10 years old, Microsoft says they will be ending support in 2014 (no word about Vista). Of course this is just another reason to upgrade to the upcoming Windows 8 (expected release due for October), or at least Windows 7. While there is no specific release date for Office 2013, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is very excited about the release. At a launch event in San Francisco this past Monday he called Office 2013, “ the most ambitious release of Microsoft Office that we’ve ever done.” He also discussed its touch capabilities and that it would be integrated with cloud services.