Some days before, CEO of Microsoft Corporation, Steve Ballmer had launched the costumer preview of latest office suite from Microsoft, your very same Microsoft Office. Most of PC users (Mac users too) need no introduction about Microsoft Office Suite since it includes the much popular word processor which is clearly dubbed as Microsoft Word. Through this launch, Microsoft Office team has actually presented a simple, and great design for office works which supports Touch Screen, Stylus, Mouse or Keyboard. And so this awesome office suite will work on Microsoft Surface which was announced in last month.
Any Windows 8 or Windows 7 user can test this office suite by leading your browser to office.com/preview. You can check out what’s new in Office 2013 by using your Windows Live ID. Each one can get a great experience of this new Office which includes a personalized experience, popular up-to-date Office related Applications and more enhanced cum regularly added features. This office suite isn’t available for Windows Vista or Windows XP since it’s specialized for Windows 8 which is going to be publicly available from upcoming October. Along with these features, Office 2013 takes the maximum advantages of Cloud computing and related services in a high extend. Through Cloud Computing, Microsoft team is actually setting up a platform to store documents and settings default on internet rather than in PC. Also with the accessibility from various devices, new Office is deeply integrated with Skype which was bought by Microsoft for $8.5 Million in 2011. It’s sure that Office 2013 can provide a revamped office experience for both PC and Mobile based users.
“The Office that we’ll talk about and show you today is the first round of Office that’s designed from the get-go to be a service,” Ballmer said at a news conference. “This is the most ambitious release of Microsoft Office that we’ve ever done.”
Steve Ballmer also announced that “Office 2013 was designed from the get-go to be offered as a service.” The Office 2013 installer is based on Microsoft App-V application virtualization technology which is also dubbed as User Experience Virtualization. There is no need to say that the new Office Suite is deeply integrated with Microsoft’s own Cloud File Storing service, SkyDrive.
Each part of Office Suite 2013 including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook has their own improvements. There is not much time to take a deeper look to Office 2013 since it’s much BIG than usual. However, let’s have a small look ahead Office 2013 in perspectives of a normal Office Suite user. And let us have a look on top features of Office Suite 2013 whose addition can improve overall Office experience.
Touch Anywhere you like
Office 2013 responds to your each and every touch much quickly as it does for both Keyboard and Mouse actions. For example, you can swipe your finger across the screen in order to zoom to read your documents and presentations more precisely.
Users can use a stylus for creating great content, taking notes and accessing features in Office 2013. You can write Emails in your own handwriting and the system will convert It into text automatically. Users are also allowed to use stylus as a laser pointer when presenting your slideshows or other documents. This can be also used for coloring your content and erasing your mistakes easily as well.
Also with Windows RT
ARM based Windows 8 devices will be also blessed with new Office and its various utilities. And so the trending Microsoft Surface will be also coming with Office 2013’s great capabilities.
Here comes the deeper cloud integration. Office 2013 automatically saves your all documents to SkyDrive by default which can allow you to access the saved document including Tablet PC, PC and your Mobile Device too. Even though you aren’t connected to internet, the documents will be synchronized with SkyDrive when you get an internet connection. Other than accessibility, this feature also provides extra protection for your documents.
Roaming?? Yeah it’s also included
Once you have signed into Office with your ID, all of your personalized setting like recently used files, Templates, Custom dictionary travels with you across variety of devices. If you left off on a specific point in a document, Office 2013 reminds even the point.
Since Office 2013 has a huge relation with Cloud Computing, it is available as a cloud based subscription service. And in this section, subscribers and consumers get future upgrades automatically along with amazing cloud services such as Skype Minutes and upgraded SkyDrive storage space. Each subscriber receives multiple installs for all family members and also across your Tablet, PC and Mobile.
As said before, Skype has got such a great opportunity to be with Office 2013 by that acquisition. When you subscribes to New Office, you’ll get 60 Skype world minutes every months. Users can also integrate Skype contacts into Lync or call/IM anyone on Skype.
Reading and Markup
This mode in Microsoft Word 2013 provides a modern cum easy to navigate reading experience to people which automatically adjusts as per the screen size. Users can read within documents, view revision marks and use touch to turn pages too.
82 Inch Touch-Enabled Display
Through this feature, users can conduct more engaging meetings, presentations and lessons. Whether it’s in person or virtually, through this multi touch & stylus enabled display.
As mentioned before, Office 2013 is engaged with people rather than PC’s. And so there is an integrated view of contacts everywhere in the screen of Office 2013. This people card will include presence information, pictures, status updates, contact information and all other activity feeds from Facebook and LinkedIn Accounts.
Office 2013 provides a great way to work together. This feature makes sharing documents much easier. Even you are working with documents, you can discuss with friends and it also provides easier conversation tracking. By simplified sharing, users can allow friends to view, edit documents that have been stored in SkyDrive. There is also a way to present documents online so that others can follow your presentation through a browser window. In PowerPoint, users get coauthoring facilities so that you can make a PowerPoint presentation along with your teammates.
Along with all these features, Microsoft Team has put forward some attracting Subscription Models. And those based on usage and consists also some extra features.
Office 365 Home Premium: This plan is designed for Families and Consumers. This Service includes Addition SkyDrive Storage Space of 20 GB and 60 Skype World Minutes per month.
Office 365 Small Business Premium: This plan is apt for small business and it includes Business-grad email, shared calendars, website tools and Web Conferencing service as well.
Office 365 ProPlus: This subscription model is specialized for enterprise customers who need advanced technologies and easier management in Cloud Services.
When those subscription patterns are available, each offer will include the new 2013 Editions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Microsoft Office Access.
Conclusion : it’s very sure that Microsoft Office 2013 will surely bring a new and great office experience to all customers. And we are just waiting that Office Suite to launch soon and to get it hands on.