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Microsoft Office 2013 Launches Tomorrow: What You Need to Know – Mashable


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Microsoft Office 2013 Launches Tomorrow: What You Need to Know – Mashable

  1. 1. Microsoft Office 2013 Launches Tomorrow: What You Needto Know – MashableMicrosoft appears to be on the verge of launching the latest version of Office, according to atweet the official Office Twitter account posted over the weekend. The tweet includes a pictureof what Microsoft is setting up in New York City’s Bryant Park for launch day, specifying Jan. 29as the day of the event.The new version of Office, Office 2013, represents a rethink of the productivity software.Microsoft re-designed Office for Windows 8, changing aspects of the design, features and backend to better suit a world of touchscreens, cloud connectivity and social networks.Although the new Office is designed for Windows 8 machines, it’s not actually a Windows 8app. Office still runs in the traditional desktop environment, even on Windows RT devices. More time to create the things you want. Coming to @bryantparknyc on 1/29#Timeto365… — Office (@Office) January 26, 2013Microsoft is also a changing the way it sells Office with the 2013 version. The software is nowavailable via subscription, as opposed to the “pay once, for one machine” approach of the past.When a customer buys Office, they will be able to download it and install it on up to fivemachines (PCs, Macs or a mix). A subscription entitles multiple users to cloud content (such ascontinually updated templates), 20GB of SkyDrive storage, 60 minutes of Skype service andupdates for new versions of the apps.For businesses, things work a little differently. While a user can still install the software on up tofive devices, the subscription is limited to one user. The business version also has built-inintegration with Microsoft’s SharePoint, Lync and Exchange services (presumably plans forYammer are in the works as well).Pricing for the two versions is as follows: $99.95 a year for consumer, and $149.99 a year forbusiness. Office will still be available as a one-shot download for those who want it, $219.99 forthe Home and Business edition and $399.99 for the Professional edition.With Office 2013, Microsoft is revamping third-party add-ons, renaming them apps and creatingan store where developers can share their apps to all Office users. Office apps can evenincorporate real-time data, such as a medal tracker Microsoft created for last year’s OlympicGames. 1/7
  2. 2. We reviewed at the consumer preview of Office 2013 and found it to be a true “21st Century”upgrade for the software. After working with it for a few days, switching back to old versions ofOffice “felt like I had pulled out a PC from a decade ago.”What about other platforms? While versions of Office for iOS and Android have been rumoredfor over a year, there’s no new information on Office spreading beyond PCs and Macs.Will you be buying the new Office? Let us know why or why not in the comments.Image courtesy of MicrosoftBONUS: A Tour of the Office 2013 Consumer Preview 1. Metro Look Office 15 borrows some design elements from Windows 8, giving the suite of programs a Metro look much like the newest version of Microsoft’s desktop and mobile OS. 2. Word Templates Templates from are brought right into Word, along with previews. 2/7
  3. 3. 3. 5 Star Rating Clicking on a template will let you get a closer look at a template and see its star rating on 3/7
  4. 4. 4. Familiar Interface In many ways, Office 15 is the same Office you’ve become accustomed to over the years. 4/7
  5. 5. 5. Video Search In Office 15 you can search for videos via Bing, on YouTube, or insert an embed code for a video you’ve found online. Videos can be previewed from directly within your document.6. 5/7
  6. 6. 7. Excel Pivot tables in Excel are easier to use in Office 15. 6/7
  7. 7. 8. PowerPoint PowerPoint has a new Presenter View that privately shows your current and upcoming slides, your presentation time, and your speaker notes at a glance. While you’re doing a presentation, you can zoom, mark up and navigate your slides with touch and stylus. Source Article from Microsoft Office 2013 Launches Tomorrow: What You Need to Know – Mashable 7/7Powered by TCPDF (