Microsoft is giving its final touch to their most ambitious release of Office yet. As of now, the name given is Office 2013, also called Office 15. Microsoft’s office suite is very popular and is said to be the preferred office suite by 90% of the PC user’s. Microsoft’s Office line of business alone is responsible for bringing in 15 billion in annual revenue. Office 2010 is doing good right now and better than their previous versions. Is it time to release a new office suite? The answer is no, if Microsoft never planned to release Windows 8. The major feature of Windows 8 is the increased support for touch screen and metro style interface. So it’s natural for Microsoft to develop or redesign their popular office suite which goes perfectly with the new operating system.
The new office suite, Office 2013 comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook applications are now redesigned to work with touch screen interface and Metro style design of Windows 8. The ribbon interface of Office 2010 is present, it is tucked away, sliding into view when tapped or clicked. Applications look much stripped down, with menus spaced for easier access when using a touch screen or tablet.
Word is now integrated with Flickr and Facebook which allow downloading pictures directly into document. Another feature is Resume Reading which allows you to pick up from where you left off, even from another device. This is present for Word and PowerPoint. Word comes with a feature “live layout” which lets you format documents by dragging and dropping. Excel features Quick Analysis, which allows easier splitting of cells into different cells.
Office suite 2013 save documents directly into SkyDrive, which is Microsoft’s cloud storage system. This allows you to access your files anywhere with an internet connection. Not everyone is happy about saving the files in Microsoft’s cloud storage. Some fear that this will allow Microsoft to have a copy of everything that you saved. Issues like this might compel users to use rival cloud service such as Dropbox. This feature is turned on by default. So you need to be careful when saving file, if you don’t want to save files in cloud storage.
Office 2013 does work with a mouse and keyboard. But to get the true experience of Office 2013, you need to have the touchscreen. The software is mainly redesigned for making it work by prodding and poking with finger trip.
Microsoft Office 2013 is available to try in http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/en Office 2013 is supposed to be released after release of Windows 8. The pricing is not announced yet, but it is supposed to be a cloud based subscription. This means the users will get all the latest updates and use the software on any computer by streaming the software into it and use it with their own preferred settings. It is not clear whether this version will be available in RT versions. But Microsoft did confirm that Windows RT will include Office Home and Student. Currently Microsoft is working hard on fixing some basic bugs and makes it work smoother. Hopefully Office 2013 will be as wonderful as Microsoft claims.