The Acer Iconia W3 was unveiled this week, and many were surprised that this 8-inch Windows 8 tablet will be bundled with a version of Microsoft Office. Microsoft has just announced that this will be a standard feature on all small screen Windows tablets.
Tablets with Windows RT come with a version of Office, but those who get a device with the full version of Windows 8.1 have to buy theirs. But speaking during a keynote address at the Computex tradeshow, Windows CMO Tami Reller revealed an exception: the new Windows 8.1 tablets with small screens will come with Office Home and Student 2013.
Several other companies are also planning to introduce Windows tablets with screens in the 7 to 8-inch range, including Asus and, according to unconfirmed reports, Microsoft itself. These are expected to be relatively inexpensive devices with Intel Atom processors that target consumers more than business buyers.
Reller’s promise does not include full-size tablets that run the x86 version of Windows 8. Users of these will still need to buy their own version of Office if they want it.