In a blog post on the official “Office Next” blog today, Microsoft confirmed that the version of Microsoft Office 2013 built for Windows RT (which will also be preloaded with all Windows RT devices) will indeed be feature limited, as previously reported.
Specifically, the version of Office 2013 for Windows RT will be stripped of all macro functionality, data model functionality will be absent from Microsoft Excel, narration recording will be absent from Microsoft PowerPoint, “certain email features” will be absent from the entire suite (any that requires Microsoft Outlook or a standalone desktop email client), and users will not be able to search embedded audio/video content.
While it’s hard to complain about getting something for “nothing”, it’s a bit disappointing that Microsoft has decided to limit the usefulness of Office 2013 on these devices where it need not be limited. Power Management issues has been cited as a motivating factor for some of these omissions, but it’s hard to believe that a modern ARM tablet won’t have the chops necessary to run Office as it was intended.
Source: Office Next