Today Microsoft announced that business customers can purchase Office 2013, and a host of other on-premises productivity software solutions.

The list of software that is now snaggable for large customers that wish to avoid the cloud and buy software that they can run themselves is as follows: “Office 2013, Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, Project 2013 and Visio 2013.”

Obviously, the software will be made available through the Microsoft Volume Licensing channel. What about the rest of us? Microsoft hasn’t changed its tune on that, it seems: “Broad availability of the new Office through retail and online channels is planned for the first quarter of 2013.”

Office 2013 hit the RTM benchmark in October, and has been released in its final form for the Windows RT platform, on which the Surface tablet runs. Office 2013 as an update to the productivity line brings new interface elements that align the software with an increasingly touch world.

Office 2010, its predecessor, was a record-setting piece of code, and will be a tough act to follow.

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