If Acer’s $379 Iconia W3 is any indication, small Windows 8 slates will have a tough time competing on price with other cheap tablets. To compensate, Microsoft will include a free copy of Office Home and Student 2013 with “small screen” Windows 8 tablets.
The Acer Iconia W3 is the first tablet to take advantage. Other small slates will likely follow later this year, when Microsoft releases Windows 8.1. Only tablets with screens smaller than 10 inches will qualify for the free version of Office, Engadget notes.
While rumors had once hinted at a version of Office for iOS and Android, Microsoft now seems eager to use its productivity suite as an exclusive hook for Windows 8 and Windows RT. Microsoft’s own comparison of Windows tablets vs. Apple’s iPad touts Office as a key advantage, noting that the “only consumer Office app the iPad can run is OneNote.”
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