Microsoft recently unveiled the consumer preview of the company’s next-generation office suite. We have already shared the download link of Office 2013 consumer preview in our previous post. This software will be released in three editions – Office 365 Home Premium, Small Business Premium and ProPlus. The Microsoft Office 2013 sports a fresh new look, heavily inspired by the Metro interface. According to Microsoft, the Office 2013 features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets.
Earlier, it was rumored that Microsoft will remove the ribbon interface from Office 2013. However, the ribbon interface is carried over from the older version of Office. Microsoft also allows you to hide the ribbon to increase the real estate on devices with smaller displays such as tablets. The new Microsoft Office 2013 automatically saves all your documents on SkyDrive.
In the last 12 months, Microsoft has acquired Skype and Yammer for $8.5 billion and $1.2 billion respectively. Now, the company has integrated the new Office with Skype for VoIP communication and Yammer for social networking. Office subscribers will get 60 minutes of Skype world minutes every month. Microsoft has integrated Yammer with SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics. The software giant will include the Office Home and Student 2013 RT, which contains new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote applications on ARM-based Windows 8 devices, including the recently announced Microsoft Surface. Check out the complete features after the break.
Microsoft Office 2013 Features:
- Optimized for touch:
The new Office 2013 has been redesigned for Windows 8 desktop PCs and tablets. It responds to touch as naturally as it does to keyboard and mouse. You can also swipe your finger across the screen or pinch and zoom to read your documents and presentations. On the other hand, you can use a stylus to create document, take notes and access all of the features. It also converts your handwritten email responses to text. The stylus can also be used as a laser pointer when presenting.
- Getting started in seconds:
The new Start helps you to create a new document more quickly with amazing new templates as well as a list of your recently viewed documents.
- Office roams with you:
You can get all your applications, recent documents, custom dictionary and setting, just by signing in to your account from any device. Office 2013 automatically saves all your documents in the cloud on SkyDrive. Your documents are also available offline and sync when you reconnect.
- Create and edit PDF content:
With the new Microsoft Office Word, you can not only view PDF content, but you can also create and edit them.
- Get better insights:
Microsoft Office Excel comes with the new Quick Analysis Lens, Recommended Charts and Chart Animations which helps you to get better judgement of your data.
- Work together more easily:
The new Office 2012 helps you simplify group projects and assignments with easy access to shared documents, comments and recent changes.
- New Windows 8 applications:
OneNote and Lync are the first Windows 8 style applications for Office 2013. The Microsoft Office OneNote comes with a new radial menu which makes it easy to access all of its features with your finger.
- Store notes and information in one place:
Microsoft Office OneNote takes digital note-taking to the next level. It lets you capture and organize notes, pictures, webpages, voice memos and other media. You can not only take notes from your regular keyboard, but you can also take notes using touch and stylus.
- Stay connected:
You can easily stay connected by follow people, teams, documents and sites in SharePoint. You can also view and embed pictures, videos and Office content in your activity feeds.
- Office on demand:
With a subscription, you can access Office even when you are away from your PC by streaming full-featured applications to an Internet-connected Windows-based PC. Subscribers also receive extra SkyDrive storage along with multiple installs for everyone in the family and across their devices.
- Reading and markup:
Microsoft Office Word comes with the Read Mode that automatically adjusts for large and small screens. It allows you to zoom in and out of content, stream videos within documents, view revision marks and use touch to turn pages.
- Meetings and presentations:
PowerPoint features a new Presenter View that privately shows your current and upcoming slides, presentation time and speaker notes in a single glance. You can also zoom, mark up and navigate your slides with touch and stylus while presenting.
- People Card:
The People Card comes with an integrated view of your contacts everywhere in Office. It includes presence information along with pictures, status updates, contact information and activity feeds from Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.
Microsoft has also announced three new Office 365 subscriptions – Office 365 Home Premium, Small Business Premium and ProPlus. Home Premium is designed for families and consumers, which includes an additional 20 GB of SkyDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype world minutes per month. Small Business Premium includes business-grade email, shared calendars, website tools and HD web conferencing. ProPlus is designed for enterprise customers who want advanced business capabilities.