An earlier rumor claimed that Office 2013 would hit public beta phase by this week but now a new report is indicating that this is no longer the case due to last minute bugs that were discovered by Microsoft. Instead, the report suggests availability in late July.
This rumor comes from a Dutch-based website called bouweenpc.nl, whom we have never heard of before. This website claims that Microsoft pushed back the release date for the public beta, also called the Consumer Preview according to the report, due to last minute bugs that were discovered. The report also claims that since the Office Marketplace for Office 2013 wasnt ready yet, Microsoft couldn't release the public beta. Treat this as a rumor until we receive official word.
Details about Office 2013 hit the internet a while back and a Beta Refresh build was given to testers which had nothing new to report feature-wise. The Beta Refresh featured colored window shadows, faster animations, and a newer more refined look and feel to the interface. This Public Beta build is expected to hit during summer of this year. Microsoft is expected to release Office 2013 by the end of this year.