On Monday, July 16th, 2012, Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer, gave the world a sneak-peek into its latest offering, the Office 2013. While the online world was abuzz with rumors and speculation about an upgrade, nobody quite expected Microsoft’s staple productivity suite of applications to turn out to be, this wow! The latest Office 2013 takes multi-access to a whole new level, and is designed to work on a touch-screen device, with a stylus, or even the standard mouse and keyboard. Let’s take a look at some of the most significant changes you can expect to see in Microsoft Office 2013.
One of the best things about Microsoft Office 2013 is the company’s announcement of bundling the Office Home and Student 2013 package free with all upcoming Windows RT devices as well as the Microsoft Surface.
Another cool feature of Office 2013 is its compatibility with touch-screen based devices. This means you no longer need to rely on third-party Office applications on your mobile devices. You can install Office 2013 in all your Windows-based phones and tablets and work on your documents and presentations from absolutely anywhere. By default, all Office 2013 files will be stored on your 20GB SkyDrive cloud account so that you can access your work through any of your devices. Even your personalized settings, including recently accessed files or templates get synced across the various devices, so you can pick up right from where you left off as you switch between devices.
Skype gets integrated into the Office 2013, so that you can include your Skype contacts into Lync and call or IM your contacts directly. Not only this, it even gives you 60 minutes of Skype world minutes every month.
Office 2013 also turns social with the inclusion of a new feature called the People Card. On People Card, you can access contact information, photos, latest status updates, etc. about included contacts fed in from various sources like Facebook and LinkedIn.
The favorite applications, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote have all been given a visual upgrade in the Office 2013 edition. However, PowerPoint has undergone a remarkable change, making it far more feature-packed than ever before. A Presenter View features lets you get a brief glimpse of current and upcoming slides, speaker notes, as well as total time it can take for presentation.
Office 2013 is going the way of the cloud, and in a huge manner. An Office account that provides access to your content from up to 5 different devices lets you do your work, even if you are not at your desk. You can even stream full versions of the Office applications using Office on Demand.
Microsoft has even launched a Customer Preview of the Office 2013 so that all users can experience and test this upcoming offering. You can preview the Office 2013 by downloading it from here and giving it a try.