Yes, it's true Halloween is in October. However, don't get your hopes up as Microsoft is not planning on doing anything associated with Halloween. It would be nice if they decided to distribute candy to all the residents, but that's not happening.
Microsoft is scheduled to release two products in the month of October. The first is the Office 2013 to be integrated on the Windows 8 or Metro operating system. The second is their very own tablet - the Windows Surface. Of course, putting one and one together, we get two or the Windows Surface running Windows 8 and Office 2013 through an application based approach.
First off, taking a look at the Windows Surface. The Windows Surface boasts performance and efficiency. However, is this necessarily the case? We have yet to find out. As for the moment, it is important to keep in mind that Microsoft is late entering in the fierce tablet wars competition and that this is the only physical product they have introduced for quite some time now. Also to keep in mind is that the Windows 8 operating system is being openly distributed so it won't be a surprise to see other electronics manufacturers also producing tablets running on the Windows 8 operating system. As for its release day, the Windows Surface is scheduled for release on October 26, 2012 in two models. The first model is the Windows Surface RT and the other the Windows Surface 8 Pro edition. The spec sheet can be found via the Surface home page. Depending on what the purpose is, the pro edition boasts higher and better performance. At the moment, Microsoft did not release any price placement on the two models. However, it is believed that the price will near those of the Apple iPad.
As for the Office 2013, release date is also sometime in October. As for the major changes, users will still receive the basic office document processing applications. The emphasis is actually on the additional features associated with the basic operations. These features include the integration with the Microsoft calender, outlook and email, and cloud storage SkyDrive. In terms of the appearance and layout, the Office 2013 has a complete make over. Microsoft has focused on a very mobile concept with its layout tightly based on the Windows 8 operating system. The Office 13 will also feature the Metro like design.
Final bit of information, the Office 13 will only feature three different usability levels ranging from home to small business to enterprise.