Office 2013 Review

Microsoft recently announced the newest addition to its family of office products called Office 2013. At the moment, it is being made available as a “Consumer Preview” and can be downloaded for free (see: Office 2013 screenshot tour). I took a shot at downloading the preview and would like to share my thoughts on it so far.

Ease of Download and Installation

I found the download and installation process to be extremely easy. Pictured below, you can see what the Consumer Preview website looks like when you go to download it. All you have to do is click sign up and it will take you through the steps. Office 2013 is all designed around the Microsoft ID so you will have to use an existing login like your Hotmail account, or create a new one to get the download. Keep in mind that only users with Windows 7 and Windows 8 can download Office 2013. The installation was really quick. I was up and using Word in less than 10 minutes.

Office 2013


User Interface

The user interface is visually stunning. I give them credit for not veering too far away from the ribbon interface that we’re all used to, but they did incorporate the Metro UI look which will be the standard in all of Microsoft’s Windows 8 products. Pictured below, you can see what the Excel 2013 window looks like. If you look in the top right corner you will see your online Microsoft profile, an ever present reminder that with Office 2013 you are always connected. You can also put Office 2013 in “Touch Mode” to optimize it for use with tablets and touch screen PC’s.

Excel User Interface

Features and Functionality

I have a decent PC, but it certainly isn’t cutting edge. I am running a Windows 7 OS with an Intel i5 processor. That being said, I find Office 2013 to be extremely responsive. For instance, when I clicked Microsoft Publisher 2013, it took 3 seconds to be up and running on my screen. That was the first time too! Whatever they did to take the bloat out of the startup experience, it’s a good thing.

As far as features go, there are a few new ones worth mentioning, and I think they are good additions to the Office family. The first one I will mention is Microsoft Word’s ability to open and edit PDF files. This works very well. If you look at the screenshot below, you will see that my PDF resume shows up as an available document in the Word dialog box. I was able to open and edit a PDF with ease. It was as smooth as silk.

Word Opens PDF

Excel 2013 sports a new feature called “Flash Fill” which I think is really useful. If you look below, you can see an example where someone wanted to split first and last names. In column B they began typing a first name then hit ctrl+E and the “Flash Fill” Feature knows the pattern that you want all of the first names from column A. This is a very useful feature and will save time.

Excel Flash Fill

The last thing I want to mention is the availability of the cloud. All of your files can follow you around if you take advantage of Microsoft’s Skydrive with Office 2013. You can use Office 2013 with up to 5 different devices. This also means that you can access all your files from those devices by saving them to you Skydrive. It really shows up just like any other folder would in your Office programs. Saving to it is a breeze.

Bottom Line

Everything that I have seen of Microsoft Office 2013 so far is a 5 star rating in my opinion. However, because they have only made this available to Windows 7 and 8 users, I am rating it with 4 stars. I am sure there may be technical reasons behind this decision, but I suspect that it is mostly a financial one. Office 2013 is worth the look and if you’re still using 2003, then I would definitely recommend it for the features and the speed. Keep checking back with us because I will be adding tutorials very soon so you can see more of the great features this new Office 2013 provides. You may also want to read some of the other great articles which go into more detail about the new features of Office 2013 at

Download Office 2013 Consumer Preview

Steve Ballmer is currently announcing the Office 2013 consumer preview live, however, the links to download the consumer preview of Office 2013 links are already available online.

Office 2013 will be customized heavily to work with Windows 8 but will also work on other Windows versions. Office 2013 will also be touch screen friendly and will provide you with features like pinch and zoom among others. Office 2013 will allow users to use a stylus to create content, take notes and access other features, while also allowing you to create hand-written emails.

Office 2013 will be included on ARM-based Windows 8 devices including Microsoft Surface. Additionally, Office 2013 will also tightly integrate with SkyDrive and save your documents in the cloud by default. It will also have social features and integrate with Yammer, which Microsoft recently purchased.

More features of Microsoft are available on this page. We will be doing a detailed review and analysis of today’s announcement as well as a feature description of Office 2013.

Microsoft has opened up the downloads for the consumer preview of Office 2013 and can be downloaded from Please note that you will have to sign in using your Hotmail account before you can download the consumer preview of Office 2013/Office 365 Home Preview.

Update: New Features in Office 2013

Download/Export Instagram Photos to PC, Dropbox or Flickr

Instagram is one of the hottest apps for iOS and with more than 35 million users combined. The app which did not have any revenue was so popular that went ahead and purchased it for more than $1 billion. However, the purchase by Facebook has left many users wondering as to whether they should continue using the app or not?

If  you are one of those disgruntled users and are looking to stop using the app, here is a easy way to export and download all the Instagram photos you have uploaded till now and back them up to your computer. You can also download and move them to a free service of your choice as well.

Export and Download Instagram Photos to Desktop PC

Export and Download Instagram Photos

Instaport is a web service which allows you to export all your Instagram photos and download them to your local PC (they are working on social export soon). To download all your Instagram photos, visit the website at and connect it to your Instagram account.

Once you have done that, you will be able to export and download all your Instagram photos to your computer. You can also select from to only download a smaller number of photos or select photos you have uploaded between certain dates. Additionally, you could also download photos which you have liked and photos with certain tags.

Export, Download or Backup Instagram Photos to Dropbox, Facebook or Flickr

If you are looking to download your Instagram photos to , Facebook (ironic Smile) or , you can use a very useful service called If This Then That or ifttt for short, which provides you with recipes to automatically perform tasks based on certain triggers or action.

ifttt is a very simple service and users can find recipes which will allow them to backup their Instagram photos to Flickr or save them to Dropbox or upload them to Flickr or among other places.

To setup a backup for your Instagram photos, sign up for the ifttt service and visit the recipe page for Instagram at Once there,  you can select the recipe you want to use and setup the required parameters. Once you have done that, just click the “Create task” button to create it. ifttt will then periodically run the task and backup your Instagram photos to your selected service.

Please note: While using ifttt, your older photos may not be backed up. You might have to use the first method to download all your photos and then upload it to  your choice of service.

Download Google Drive for Android, Windows and Mac

It was no secret that Google was working on a competitor to and SkyDrive and the official announcement came today. will provide users with 5GB of free space to all users. This is in line with Microsoft’s recent announcement to provide 7GB of free space for SkyDrive.

Google Drive

Google Drive will tightly integrate with and allow users to create and store documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files and more and collaborate with friends and family online.  Additionally, Google Drive will also provide users with apps for PC, Mac and .

Also Read: Google Drive vs Dropbox vs SkyDrive | Google Drive, Another Privacy Disaster

Google Drive will directly compete with the likes of Dropbox and SkyDrive on PCs and mobile devices. It will also be an answer to Microsoft’s SkyDrive on Windows Phone 7 and iOS devices which is not available for Android devices. Dropbox on the other end is available for all mobile devices and also supports Linux. However, their initial free space is only 2GB which might potentially go up now. Additionally, Dropbox also allows for 16GB additional space from referrals.

Also See: Get 50GB Free Space for Android from | 5 Best Ways to Keep Documents Online

Google Drive will also provide users with a search functionality which will also make use of OCR to search images and scanned documents thanks to their acquisition of reCaptcha. This is definitely a big plus for them.

You can download Google Drive for your computer or device by using the link below; an iOS app will be released soon:

*Please note that the Android app is a rebranding of the Google Docs app for Android.

Download FIFA Street Demo for Xbox and PS3, Pre-order Now

I am a big fan of the FIFA franchise and have played it on the PC and Xbox as well. However, I have been waiting for a while to get my hands on the next version of FIFA from EA Sports called FIFA Street.

FIFA Street

FIFA Street compromises of 5-a-side match which provides authentic street soccer, styles and stars from around the world. It claims to provide an authentic feel to the game which if similar to FIFA 2012 is going to blow you away.

The demo will allow you to play at the at the Amsterdam Square stadium and choose between teams like Manchester City and AC Milan  or real life street football legends.

EA Sports will be releasing the full game on March 13th, but you can pre-order your copy of FIFA Street right now for $59.99 on Amazon. Amazon is also offering a pre-order bonus where will receive in-game access to an Adidas all-star team featuring 13 of the greatest footballers in the world, including Messi, Kaká, Robin Van Persie, Nani, David Silva as well as the Lionel Messi Barcelona venue. FIFA Street will be available for the Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms only.

Download OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview

Apple just released the newest version of their Mac OS X called Mountain Lion. The new version of Mac OS X contains several new features including several new features which already exist in iOS 5.

Mountain Lion Logo

Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 also integrates with Apple’s iCloud allowing you to backup your data in the cloud. The OS is definitely exciting and includes new features such as Messages, Notes, Reminders, Game Center, Notification Center, Integration and more.

OS X Mountain Lion

If you are excited about this, you should go ahead and download OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 from the links provided below. Please note that users will require “Mac Developer Program access” in order to download the developer preview of OS X Mountain Lion.

OS X Mountain Lion is a developer preview and might be unstable. Regular users should stay away from the developer preview as it might cause system crashes and data loss. General public will be able to download or upgrade their Macs to the Mountain Lion later this summer.

How To Download Facebook Videos

Many of your friends might be updating their status with videos or uploading new videos to their profiles everyday. However, there is no easy way to download the videos that your friends upload on Facebook to your PC.

If your friend has uploaded a video, you can easily use some of the tools to download YouTube videos to PC or Mac or tools to Download YouTube videos to Ubuntu, save those YouTube videos as MP3 files or even Download YouTube HD videos. However, what about Facebook Videos?

Well, don’t worry. There is an easy and simple way to download Facebook videos too to your PC or Mac. Just follow the steps below to download a Facebook Video to your PC or Mac.

Copy Facebook Video URL

Step 1: Firstly, you will have to get the link of the Facebook Video. To do that, just right click on the name of the video and copy the link address. The menu items might be different for different browsers, but you have to click on the option which says “Copy Link Address” in all of them as shown above.

Step 2: Once you have copied the link, go to the website and paste the video URL in the textbox provided and click on the “Download Video” button. Please note that Facebook has updated their URL and it looks something like now and it should work on the Down Facebook website.

Facebook Download Video Warning

Step 3: Once you click on the button you might be prompted with a Java alert box as shown above, just click the “Run” button on the alert and you will see a link to download the video.


Step 4: To download the Facebook Video to your PC, Mac or Linux machine, just right click on the “Download Video in MP4″ link and select the “Save Linked Content As” from the options. That’s it, you can now save the downloaded Facebook Video on your PC and watch it whenever you want.

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iOS 4.3.1 IPSW Direct Download Links

It was just a few days ago that Apple released the iOS 4.3.1 update to the general public. The latest update of iOS is aimed at fixing some bugs found in iOS 4.3.1 including some graphical glitches on iPod Touch. The update also improves the battery life of all iPod Touch devices.

The iOS 4.3.1 update is applicable for the 3GS, , 3G, iPod Touch 4G and the and .

iOS 4.3.1 Update

iPod Touch device owners can download iOS 4.3.1 by connecting the device to their PC and then starting up iTunes, and click on the Check For Updatesbutton.

Alternatively, iPad 2 (Wi-Fi model) owners can download iOS 4.3.1 from here (607.5MB) and iPad 2 (3G+Wi-Fi, AT&T version) owners can download the iOS update from here. AT&T branded iPhone owners should head over to this link, while iPod Touch 4G owners should download the iOS 4.3.1 IPSW file from here.

Once you download the iOS 4.3.1 IPSW file, you can follow our earlier instructions on manually upgrading iOS 4.3.1. on your device.

Firefox 4 Downloaded 15.85 Million Times In 48 hours [Infographic]

Firefox 4 was released on March 22, 2011 and it created a record of sorts by being downloaded more than a million times in a few hours. Over 7 million copies of were downloaded in the first 24 hours. On the other hand, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 was downloaded 2.35 million times in the first 24 hours.


Mozilla has now released a new infographic which shows the amount of downloads that happened in the first 48 hours of launch and compares it with several different things including a trip to the moon.

For example, 4 was downloaded 15.85 million times in the first 48 hours. If each download were a mile, it would have been 33 round trips to the moon and back. It is also larger than the population of LOS Angeles which is the 12th largest city in the world.

There were 10,200 downloads made per minute at peak and 5,503 average downloads per minute. This mean that Firefox 4 was downloaded 91.7 times per second. This is definitely some cool stats. For the rest check the infographic embedded below.

Firefox 4 48 Hours Download Infographic

Currently the Firefox 4 download count stands at over 25.6 million. You can view live stats for FF4 downloads at

Update: Please note that the IE9 download numbers are only for , and Windows Server based PCs, whereas Firefox 4 numbers are for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

Direct Download Links for Internet Explorer 9

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9 couple of days ago for , and Windows Server 2008. If you haven’t tried out IE9 yet, you might give it a go as it is completely different from the earlier versions of IE.

Internet Explorer 9

Internet Explorer 9 brings about a world of changes to the browser, making it more compact and adding in lots of new and exciting features to it. However, IE9 provides users with a web install and you will have to download multiple copies of the browser if you want to install it on different PCs.

If you don’t want to do that, you can download the full install links through the direct downloads for IE9 below.