If you’ve spent the past year living anywhere other than the underside of a rock, then you will be at least vaguely aware that 2012 has been a huge year for Microsoft. Windows 8 , Windows Server 2012, the Microsoft Surface Tablet, Visual Studio 2012… the list goes on.
Well, the excitement doesn’t end in 2012 (and neither will the world, in case you were wondering). Kris Keonigsbauer, the president of Microsoft’s Office Division, announced that the software publisher plans to release the new cloud-based Microsoft Office sometime soon, and here’s the kicker:
Customers who buy Microsoft Office 2010 will get a free upgrade to Microsoft Office 2013.
You heard that right. Between now and April 30th, 2013, customers who purchase Microsoft Office 2010 will get to upgrade for free when Office 2013 is released.
How does it work?
Simple. Just purchase and activate Microsoft Office 2010, sign up for an email reminder, and then download the new Office once it’s available.
Qualifying Office Suites
- Office Home and Student 2010
- Office Home and Business 2010
- Office Professional 2010
- Office for Mac Home & Student 2011
- Office for Mac Home & Business 2011
- It is required that you keep your Office dated sales receipt as proof of purchase until you redeem the offer, as a copy of this may be requested by Microsoft to confirm eligibility.
- When the new Office products are available, Microsoft will email you at the email address you provided during sign-up. If your email address changes after sign-up you can request an email reminder by entering your new email address on the Offer website. Microsoft is not responsible for emails that are not received for any reason.
- After you receive your email, you may redeem the Offer at Office.com during the redemption period, which will be provided to you in your email. During the redemption process, you will be required to:
- Make your new product selection if you are given a choice between new Office products.
- Enter a valid 25-character Office 2010 or Office for Mac 2011 Product Key. Learn more about how to find your Office product key or Office for Mac 2011 product key.
- Log in with your Microsoft account. Microsoft account is the new name for what used to be referred to as, Windows Live ID. Your Microsoft account is the combination of an email address and a password that you use to sign in to services like Hotmail, SkyDrive, Windows Phone, and Xbox LIVE. If you use an email address and password to sign in to these or other services, you already have a Microsoft account. You may also sign up for a new Microsoft account at any time.
- Download and sign-in to your new Office product.
- If your email address changes before you receive your notification, visit Office.com and sign up again with your new email address. Microsoft is not responsible for emails that are not received for any reason. You may also visit Office.comoffer at any time to check for updates.
- Internet access is required. The Offer redemption process is online only. Internet connection time and download charges may apply. Please refer to your Internet service provider for details.
- Offer availability varies by country/region and by language.
- Offer limitations include:
- Offer cannot be redeemed after the redemption end date has passed.
- Limited to one (1) Office product for each corresponding qualifying Office 2010 or Office for Mac 2011 product purchased, up to the maximum allowed.
- Limited to twenty-five (25) Offer redemptions per person or organization.
- No returns on software downloaded through the site.
- This offer is non-transferable.
- Microsoft reserves the right to reject any redemption request deemed in Microsoft’s sole discretion to be false or fraudulent, submission of multiple requests and/or providing false information or redemption requests that are otherwise ineligible.