Kirk Koenigsbauer corporate Vice President for the Microsoft Office Division has announced the coding completion of Office 2013 on his blog. The new office has been made available to manufactures and they are now focused on general release. Koenigsbaur revealed general availability between October 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.
The End of Windows XP
One thing noticeably absent from the planned release of Office 2013 is Windows XP support. Use of this software will require an upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8. Initial release of Windows XP occurred on October 25, 2001. Support for XP SP3 and Office 2003 including all updates will end on April 8, 2014. This signals the effective end of XP as a viable corporate level operating system. If you are still clinging to Windows XP and are fearful of upgrades, windows 7 is offered in a 32bit edition that almost certainly will run your legacy applications.
If you begin planning on the migration of your client operating systems now you can avoid the headache of waking up one day to discover you are running a non-supported 13 year old OS.