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With the recent launch of Windows 8, you might be asking "Which versions of Office can I deploy to Windows 8 computers?" Well, the following versions of Office are supported on Windows 8 (and on Windows Server 2012, too):
If you are considering deploying Office 2013, be sure to check out System Requirements for Office 2013, as well as other compatibility and deployment information in the Office 2013 library on TechNet.
In addition to the versions of OneNote and Lync that are available in Office 2013, there are also separate versions of OneNote and Lync that have been specifically designed to take advantage of the touch capabilities of Windows 8. Both of these apps are available for free through the Windows Store. For more information, see the following:
A few things you need to consider about these apps:
You can use Group Policy to block user access to the Windows Store and to specify a list of supported apps. Group Policy settings for the Windows Store are under Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Store. For more information, see Managing Client Access to the Windows Store.
Office on Demand, Office Web Apps, and apps for Office are also supported on Windows 8.
To find out whether other applications that your users are using will work on Windows 8, go to the Windows Compatibility Center.
Surface with Windows RT
The recent launch of Windows 8 also saw the launch of the Microsoft Surface device. The Microsoft Surface devices that are currently available run Windows RT. Windows RT is an edition of Windows 8 that is pre-installed on PCs and tablets (for example, the Microsoft Surface) that are powered by ARM processors.
So, your next question probably is "How do I deploy Office to a Surface with Windows RT device?" Actually, Windows RT already comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT installed. Office Home & Student 2013 RT includes the following applications:
This version of Office has most of the same features as the Office Home & Student 2013 version that you can install on a PC. However, there are some differences. To see a list of those differences, check out the "What Office Home & Student 2013 features are unavailable in Office Home & Student 2013 RT?" section in Introducing Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview.
A couple of key things to note about Office and Windows RT devices:
Here are some other resources about Windows RT and Office that you might want to look at: