Cloud integration is taking over the virtual experience- keeping at par with that, the Microsoft Office 2013 will also have touchscreen friendly, ready cloud integration. Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft has dubbed the fifteenth edition of MS Office- if anyone is keeping the count- as the “Biggest most ambitious Office” version ever.
As has been the trend in the past few years, a new version of Windows is usually heralded by a new edition of Microsoft Office. This time, months before Windows 8 launch, Office 2013 is about to be revealed. According to the mainly desktop based preview, the Office suite has neat updates on Excel, Word and Outlook. Even PowerPoint 2013 is a more evolved, if not completely new, version of its predecessors. You can now use any of the Office apps at home and do not have to worry about carrying the data and files in a USB Flash Drive to office to get the office computer updated. The Office 2013 is chiefly targeted to serve the upcoming Windows 8. In fact, a lot of the new features reflect the user interface that the Windows 8 Smartphones and Tablets (especially Microsoft’s very own Surface).
The Office 2013 has a rich touch experience- it is as sensitive to touch as any hardware input devices. You can pinch, zoom and swipe to excite the apps as you wish- serving all purposes from creating new content to presentations. MS Office 2013 has a neat stylus capability. This means you textual content will get more personalized with your handwriting composing text documents. The SkyDrive cloud service will help you sync data over your PC, phone and tablet automatically; even offline working is supported. The cloud service can be upgraded in future, adding more gigabytes of storage to your SkyDrive account. Multiple installs are allowed so that you and your family members can use it on different devices without paying extra. As mentioned earlier, Skype is one of the newest acquisitions of Microsoft and the company loves flaunting it. This means, with your subscription you are entitled to an hour of Skype world minutes per month. You can IM your friends through Skype or sync your Skype contacts with Lync. The Word app has a neat ‘read mode’ which shaves off all those editing tools that you do not need while reading a document. You can also minimize the Ribbon element or even get rid of the menu options for a more minimal look. Similarly, the Quick Analysis Lens of Excel makes your spreadsheets more attractive quite easily.
If you are very curious as to how the Office 2013 works, you can download the Consumer Preview. You only need a Windows Live ID to access the download and experience all the joys this revamped Microsoft Office has to offer.