dinsdag 17 juli 2012

Office 2013 revealed! Quick overview, Consumer preview available for download

Last night Microsoft revealed the 2013 version for Office.

So, whats new?
The interface. The new Office is all about Metro, it lookes nice and is touch friendly. 
There is also a new way of buying Office, you can get subscriptions ( through Office 365 ) , or still buy boxed versions.
Office is offered on a “stream on demand” base when purchased through Office 365, or you can install the click to run version.

Microsofts vision is that you buy Office for yourself, not for a device.
When using Skydrive, and your account had a subscription for Office, you don’t have to install Office, once you open a document, the application streams down from the internet and installs itself. You will get the app on demand, with your own settings and documents synced through SkyDrive.

Office 2013 Metro and new UI
Office is fully integrated in the Metro style UI of Windows 8, but is also still offered as a desktop application. In this release the only Metro styled apps are OneNote and Lync, but that will probably be different in the final release.
The Metro apps are specially designed and optimized for the touch interface of a tablet.

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Here is an example of the new Word interface. Word starts with the screen below.
You will see an overview of recent documents and an overview of available templates.

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Onze you are editing a document, you will notice that the interface has also changed to the metro style UI which is familiar to the Windows 8 style.

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Office 2013 new features
One of the features I’m pleased with it the option to reply to comments, very nice!
It is also possible to open and edit PDF documents in Word and even save them as Word files. ( Not all PDF files )
Also Outlook has a lot of changes! It is possible to reply e-mails without opening a new window, you will still be able to see the inbox whyle replying.
The preview pane for Mail, Calendar, People and tasks is also new, you can also pin the preview pane so you can easily access people or calendar items.

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There are a lot more new features, but these were the ones that pleased me and feeled the urge to share those :).

Pricing and release date
There is no further information on pricing  or release dates, but it will probably get release Q1 of 2013.

So, where can I get it?
To download Office 2013 Consumer preview, go to :
http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/officepreview

When you click sign up, you will be redirected to the click to run install.

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Once you click install the Home Premium version of Office 2013 will be installed.
You have 5 installs available for you.
This is the streaming version of Office 2013, so it can be installed next to you local installation of Office 2010 ( if you use 32 bit, use the 32 bit install, same goes for 64 bit version )

In the next couple of weeks I will go into the new interfaces of for example Lync and Outlook, this is just a minor teaser :)

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