Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 reached RTM

Microsoft has just announced (okay, it was three days ago…) that the new Office 2013 family of applications reached the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) milestone. If you’re not familiar with the term, this means the development and testing phases of the product are finished.

According to Microsoft, this is their most ambitious Office release to date since it includes not only the Office client applications, but also the servers and cloud services, which means:

  • Office 2013
  • SharePoint 2013
  • Lync 2013
  • Exchange 2013
  • Office 365

General availability is planned for the first quarter of 2013 but, starting in mid-November, volume licensing customers, developers and IT professionals with TechNet and MSDN subscriptions, will also be able to download the latest bits.

Add that to the Windows 8 launch later this month, and this is shaping up to be a busy last quarter for 2012.