Microsoft Office 2013 (also called
Office 15) is the new version of the Microsoft Office productivity suite
for Microsoft Windows. Office 2013 offers some huge improvements over
its previous versions with great cloud and touch features but this may
not be enough for it to say as the king of office suites. Office 2013
includes extended file format support, user interface updates, and
support for touch. Office 2013 it is a powerful service that helps you
unleash your best ideas, get things done and stay connected on the go.
SkyDrive is the back bone of Microsoft Office 2013. Settings, documents,
templates, and even custom user dictionaries will all be synced to the
cloud so that you have a consistent Office experience on whatever
device, wherever you are. There are also new social features shown in
Microsoft Office 2013 including automatic picture importing from
services like Facebook and Flickr. Easier sharing also brings along
easier collaboration. Users can now hold a multi-person video conference
while editing a single document.
Word 2013: Word 2013 didn’t receive as much of an
overhaul, but Microsoft worked hard on polishing it up. Settings,
defaults, templates and user dictionaries will all be synced between
each version of Word so you’ll have one unified user experience with
Word on every one of your devices. There’s a new reading mode that
formats your documents to be touch friendly like pages of a book. Videos
from YouTube can now be embedded directly within documents.
Excel 2013: Microsoft finally acknowledged how
complicated Excel is for the average user. Excel 2013 is still going to
be a powerful tool for data analysis, but Microsoft has made an effort
to simplify processes across the application. Users now have access to
menus that preform “quick analysis” for their data, simply by selecting
an option from a menu. Excel looks at the data and offers the best
solution for presenting or organizing it.
PowerPoint 2013: Microsoft kept the ribbon interface
in PowerPoint 2013, but it is now hidden by default on the Window RT
version of Microsoft Office 2013. You can bring up the ribbon with a tap
of a button. The ribbon can also be hidden on the desktop version with a
simple double click. PowerPoint will also feature full stylus support
to make giving presentations easier. Users can annotate their slides
instantly. There’s also a great new feature where the presenter can have
notes on his or her screen but only have the main slide open on the
Outlook 2013: Outlook 2013 is receiving a
Metro-styled interface as well, but with lots of new functionality too.
First of all, Aero Peek, a feature that was first introduced in Windows
7, makes its way into Outlook. With Aero Peek, users can now quickly
hover over their Contacts, Calendar, or Tasks and have a fully
manipulable pop up display. One of the more impressive features that was
built into Outlook 2013 is its ability to intelligently suggest events
and appointments. Outlook will detect when someone wants to create an
appointment by looking for locations, time, and specific keywords. This
makes adding events to your calendar much easier. Last but not least,
Microsoft also announced powerful developer tools to create plugins for
Outlook. They demoed a fully interactive Bing map within a body of an
email, without having to jump into a browser.
OneNote 2013: OneNote has always been an excellent
note taking app and this latest version is no different. Users can
import pictures, video, and annotate all of these things within the
application. Microsoft demoed its new “radial menu” for touch friendly
editing. Hold down and a circular menu will pop up. Drag your finger to
whatever option you want and let go. This interface is intuitive and
powerful, letting users change fonts, colors, and formatting within
seconds. Unfortunately, this touch menu has only been featured in the
OneNote MX preview application.
Features of Office 2013 include:
• Touch Mode along with touch enhancements.
• Flatter look of the Ribbon interface
• Microsoft Outlook now has a new visualization for scheduled tasks
• New Start Experience
• New graphical options in Microsoft Word
• New alignment lines when moving objects
• Online picture support with content from Office.com, Bing.com and Flickr
• Resume Reading in Word and PowerPoint
• New slide designs, animations and transitions in PowerPoint 2013
• Support for Outlook.com and Hotmail.com in Outlook
• Support for Skype and Yammer
• Excel 2013 supports new model limits.
Office 2013 Home & Student: includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote 2013.
Office 2013 Home & Business: includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook 2013.
Office 2013 Professional: includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access 2013.
Office 2013 is suitable for IA-32 and X86-64 systems and requires
Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 or Windows 8. It cannot be installed on
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 or other earlier versions
of the operating system.