Excel on a Microsoft Surface

Posted on 2013-12-10
Last Modified: 2013-12-10
EE Pros,

Just bought an MS Surface that comes with Office.  Does anyone know if the Excel that comes with the Surface is "COMPLETELY" compatible with Excel 2010?  I have some major work that has been done on 2010 and I may want to begin to use the Surface for development work in the future.....but only if I can do it seamlessly.

Please advise,

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by:Rob Henson
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Is it full copy of Office or is it the RT Version? Some come with Windows RT and Office RT

I have been doing some investigations myself as looking to buy a Windows based tablet, current favourite Asus T100A Transformer.

From that investigation I have spotted that the RT version is not a full version, having said that those that I have been looking at have come with Windows 8 and Office 2013 Home & Student, in either full or RT versions.

Rob H

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Thanks for the reply Rob.   I got the entry level Surface so I'm certain it's RT.  The Surface Pro as you know, is twice the price and doesn't come with Office!  You'll be paying over $1,100 for a Pro with Office.  Pretty pricy.  I hope the RT Version of Office that comes with Surface is compatible and complete....otherwise the device is almost useless unless you are simply using it as a cloud solution.

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by:Rory Archibald
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RT does not support VBA.
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by:Rob Henson
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Thats why the Asus is currently top of my Xmas List.

It comes with full version of Windows 8.1 and full version of Office 2013 Home & Student; Office H&S is fine for what I want to be doing on the tablet, I have Office Pro on desktop at home but need something that I can throw in an overnight bag so can still do some work when working away from home.


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Would that mean that macros would not run in Excel RT for Surface?

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Rory Archibald earned 300 total points
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Correct, unfortunately. See the list of FAQs here, which includes mention of some of the unavailable features:

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Wow....what a disappointment. ...........

Anyone want to  buy a entry level Surface with a Logitech keyboard and HP Bluetooth wireless mouse??


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