Today Steve Ballmer announced the release of the Preview of office 2013. This includes Outlook, Word 2013, Excel 2013, PowerPoint 2013 and OneNote 2013, Access 2013 and Publisher 2013.
The new preview version of SharePoint is also announced. Download links at the end of this post.
The Office preview training site provides some PowerPoint files with videos about the new version of office. The strange thing is that in all the presentations they compare office 2013 with office2003. Is the install base of Office2003 still that high?
Although my first impression about Office 2013 based on this information was not the best one, I must say, after seeing the press announcement I must admit that I’m quite enthusiastic about the new Office.
During the conference Steve Ballmer talked about the Surface, Windows 8, about some changes on Xbox (They will bring Internet Explorer to the Xbox), about changes in Bing before the real news is announced.
Apparently over 1/3rd of the Office users are students. This is off course interesting for a company because students will become the drivers for innovation and managers in a few years.
The Office 2013 release is the most ambitious release because they are enabling Office as a service. You can run Office from the cloud.
Office 2013 is at its best on Windows 8, BUT it also great on Windows 7. Installing it on Windows 8 will provide some extra features like:
- Touch everywhere. Office responds to touch as naturally as it does to keyboard and mouse. Swipe your finger across the screen or pinch and zoom to read your documents and presentations. Author new content and access features with the touch of a finger.
- Inking. Use a stylus to create content, take notes and access features. Handwrite email responses and convert them automatically to text. Use your stylus as a laser pointer when presenting. Color your content and erase your mistakes with ease.
- New Windows 8 applications. OneNote and Lync represent the first new Windows 8 style applications for Office. These applications are designed to deliver touch-first experiences on a tablet. A new radial menu in OneNote makes it easy to access features with your finger.
- Included in Windows RT. Office Home and Student 2013 RT, which contains new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote applications, will be included on ARM-based Windows 8 devices, including Microsoft Surface.
Microsoft is also integrating social deep into their applications. Since they bought Skype and Yammer, this was somehow expected.
When, Kirk Koenigsbauer, a corporate vice president for Office was demoing the new version of Office, he showed a five-person video chat using Microsoft’s Lync application. In the demo, Koenigsbauer revealed how he could drag and drop someone from his buddy list into the live meeting on a giant TV display.
The newsfeed or activity feed allows you to like and reply to a status update.
On the People Card (profile page) there is the possibility to connect with people via an Instant Message or call with Lync, mail …
You can find an overview of ALL Office2013 preview related downloads at http://j.mp/Lt652N
PS. This blog post is written in Word 2013 preview J
PS2. More individual application blog post will follow