Optimized for both touchscreen devices and traditional desktops, sports a Metro-inspired user interface and packs-in hundreds of new features, Office 2013 Customer Preview version is now Available for general public. Yes, you are right. Microsoft has announced the free Customer Preview release of Office 2013 to public. just a couple of days ago. And if you have already used or seen those Consumer and Release version of Windows 8 then till now you might have understood that this "Customer Preview release of Office 2013" or "Office 365 Preview" is actually nothing but the "MS Office 2013 Beta" version.
This new version of Office suite is focused mainly on the cloud features and integration with newer Windows 8 metro UI, the user-interface is designed to work optimally with touch, stylus and mouse/keyboard across new Windows devices. The new Office is also tightly integrated with social features catering to new scenarios in reading, note-taking, meetings and communications.
If you are currently using any previous version of Office suite, then you don't have to worry about your existing Office suite. Because according to Microsoft, this new Customer Preview version of Office 2013 will be installed alongside your existing Office suite such as Office 2003, 2007 or 2010. But for many Windows users the news came as a shock that this version of Office can't be installed on Windows XP and Windows Vista. You must be using Windows 7 or Windows 8 to install Office 2013 Customer Preview version. Yes, you heard it right that Office 365 will only run on Windows 7 or Windows 8, and not on previous versions of the Windows operating system.
Office 365 Customer Preview is currently available in four editions: Office 365 Home Premium, Office 365 Small Business Premium, Office 365 ProPlus, and Office 365 Enterprise. The Home Premium edition is currently available in limited number of countries. If your country is not listed, you can download a different edition of Office.
System Requirements =
1. Computer and processor: 1 Ghz or greater x86/x64 Processor with SSE2 instruction set
2. Memory: 1 GB RAM (32 Bit) /2 GB RAM (64 Bit)
3. Hard disk: 3.5 GB free disk space
4. Operating System: Windows 7 or newer, either 32-bit or 64-bit; Windows 2008R2 or newer with .Net 3.5 or greater. It isn’t possible to install on a PC running Windows XP or Vista. To use with Windows 8 you must be running the Release Preview version or higher
4. Graphics: Graphics hardware
Download MS Office 2013 Customer Preview =
The easiest way to download them is to go to the Try Office page on the Microsoft website and pick one of the available versions from there. Office 365 Home Premium requires a Windows Live account that users need to sign in to test it. The account dashboard highlights the available installation options, including options to switch to a 64-bit version of Office and change the interface language.
If you follow the above method to grab your copy of Office 2013, then you should know that it is actually an online installer and requires Internet connection to download required setup files. If you want a standalone offline installer of Office 2013 Customer Preview which doesn't need Internet connection at the time of installation, Microsoft is also providing traditional Windows Installer files of 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Office 2013. You can Download Office 2013 Professional Plus MSI Installer ( Offline Installer ). But you still need to sign-in to your Windows Live account to grab the Installer file.
If you don't want to sign-in to your Windows live account to download the installer file then you will be happy to know that for your convenience, we are also providing direct download links of Office 2013 Customer Preview. These are Standalone Offline Installer files and you can download them Directly.