At a press event in San Francisco yesterday, the CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer took to the stage to officially showcase Office 2013 with a consumer preview now available to download. The new software suite will now be using the Metro UI design that will be seen in the upcoming operating system Windows 8.
Ballmer said, "We are taking bold steps at Microsoft. The new, modern Office will deliver unparalleled productivity and flexibility for both consumers and business customers."
Office 2013 will work only on devices that support Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems. It has been designed with functions for touchscreen tablets and desktop users as it has pinch and zoom, swipe and tap controls. It will also see a stylus control feature with handwriting recognition allowing you to take down notes and write emails. You can use the stylus as a pointer when doing presentations.
Microsoft also revealed that Windows 8 RT will come with Office Home and Student 2013 RT as standard. It will work with ARM-based devices including Microsoft’s own Windows Surface tablet.
Office 2013 will see more integration with cloud-based and social networking services as it will automatically save your documents to your SkyDrive storage with the ability to carry on from where you left off using the personalised Office experience. Skype compatibility is now included with Yammer offering social networking for businesses.
Microsoft will announce more features of Office 2013 over the next few months with a "full lineup of offerings and pricing plans in the fall".
The consumer preview of Office 2013 is now available to download at office.com/preview
Published on Tuesday 17 July 2012 @ 09:47:33 by ANDYW
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