Acer has just unveiled the first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet over at Computex, and Microsoft has just sweetened the pot for other manufacturers looking to get in the game.
Windows CFO Tami Reller has revealed the future sub-10in Windows 8 tablets will be bundled with a free copy of Office Home and Student 2013.
We mentioned the presence of Office on board the Acer Iconia W3 announced yesterday, but it seems this is more than just a one-off, and will be par for the course as Microsoft looks to establish its presence in the small-screen tablet market.
It will be up to OEMs themselves to bundle the software on board, and the package will include Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, but not Outlook 2013 (though Outlook RT will come as standard on future Windows RT 8.1 (Blue) tablets).
Microsoft really seems to be cranking up the heat right now to push Windows on both PCs and tablets. Aside from the move to bundle Office free in smaller tablets, we've also heard that it's considering cutting the cost of Windows licences, and that the Surface RT tablet now includes a Touch or Type cover free of charge.
So far the Acer Iconia W3 is the only smaller Windows tablet to see the light of day, presumably because other manufacturers are waiting to launch their debut offerings once Windows 8.1 emerges in full.
Via The Verge