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Office 2013 is still a few weeks away from release, but Microsoft has made it available to certain customers as part of its Home Use Program (HUP), a scheme it uses to sell cheap software to folks whose employers have a Software Assurance deal.

Office 2013 has just been added to the HUP, at very reasonable prices: the UK page prices it at £8.95, while US buyers are charged $US9.95. Despite the Australian dollar being worth more than the US dollar, Aussies are being asked to pay $AUD15.00. For those prices you get Office Professional Plus, comprising Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Publisher, Lync, OneNote and InfoPath.

Microsoft has said Office 2013 will emerge for the rest of us later in this quarter.

Before you whip out your credit card to pay those low, low, prices, whoever it is in your organisation that runs Software Assurance will need to provide you a code to enter into the HUP website. If they're willing to hand over the code, it won't be long before you're on the bleeding edge of desktop personal productivity software.

The bleedingest edge of all is the cloud, but the HUP page doesn't offer the chance to buy Office 365. ®

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