July 18, 2012- On Tuesday, Microsoft confirmed that its latest software, Office 2013, is not compatible with older computers that have Windows Vista or XP. A spokesperson from Microsoft said, “The most recent Office will work for only Windows 7 and 8.”
That was in reply to emails received by the company about the new Office 2013 and 365. The spokesperson went on to say the new Office 2013 would not be supported by XP or Vista.
Users that have those two operating systems cannot advance past Office 2010, the suite that was launched approximately seven months following Windows 7. The omission of XP and Vista means over 54% of all computers running Windows now, will not be able to make an upgrade.
In June, Windows 7 powered just over 45% of all PCs online and Windows 8, still no released, accounted for only 0.2%. Microsoft said the users of XP would be able to upgrade to the new Windows 8, assuming the hardware they have will pass all the eligibility requirements.
A number of upgrades said one computer expert would go to Windows 8 from XP. That refers to the possibility the users will buy into the new Office 2013 once they upgraded to a new operating system.