Microsoft confirms Office 2013 is not being sold on disc in Australia

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Microsoft confirms Office 2013 is not being sold on disc in Australia

It's easy to see how some people might get confused if they pick up the box and give it a shake, but there's no disc in there.

[UPDATE: Microsoft has since contacted us about this. They now state that Office 2013 is available on DVD in Australia, if a retail shop chooses to sell it on DVD (we haven't found it on DVD yet). Office 365 is not available on DVD. Click here to read the article about this.]

As we pointed out today, if you buy Microsoft Office 2013 in a box from a shop in Australia, it doesn't have a CD or DVD inside.

We checked with various shops today, including a JB H-Fi and Harvey Norman. Just to be sure, we also checked with Microsoft - after all, we'd seen people claiming in comments on sites that they'd seen Office on disc here.
 
Microsoft told us categorically that is not the case - when you buy a retail copy of Office 2013, the box contains a card containing a product key which is used to install the software via the internet.
 
"The new Office will be sold as a boxed product that includes a 25 digit alpha-numeric key in the U.S. and developed countries including Australia. Traditional discs will continue to be sold in developing countries with limited Internet access," said a Microsoft spokesperson.
 
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