Microsoft Office 2013 (also called Office 15) is the new version of the Microsoft Office productivity suite for Microsoft Windows. Office 2013 offers some huge improvements over its previous versions with great cloud and touch features but this may not be enough for it to say as the king of office suites.
Office 2013 includes extended file format support, user interface updates, and support for touch. Microsoft Office 2013 it is a powerful service that helps you unleash your best ideas, get things done and stay connected on the go. OneDrive is the back bone of Microsoft Office 2013.
Settings, documents, templates, and even custom user dictionaries will all be synced to the cloud so that you have a consistent Office experience on whatever device, wherever you are.
There are also new social features shown in Microsoft Office 2013 including automatic picture importing from services like Facebook and Flickr. Easier sharing also brings along easier collaboration. Users can now hold a multi-person video conference while editing a single document.
Word 2013: Word 2013 didn’t receive as much of an overhaul, but Microsoft worked hard on polishing it up. Settings, defaults, templates and user dictionaries will all be synced between each version of Word so you’ll have one unified user experience with Word on every one of your devices. There’s a new reading mode that formats your documents to be touch friendly like pages of a book. Videos from YouTube can now be embedded directly within documents.
Excel 2013: Microsoft finally acknowledged how complicated Excel is for the average user. Excel 2013 is still going to be a powerful tool for data analysis, but Microsoft has made an effort to simplify processes across the application. Users now have access to menus that preform “quick analysis” for their data, simply by selecting an option from a menu. Excel looks at the data and offers the best solution for presenting or organizing it.
PowerPoint 2013: Microsoft kept the ribbon interface in PowerPoint 2013, but it is now hidden by default on the Window RT version of Microsoft Office 2013. You can bring up the ribbon with a tap of a button. The ribbon can also be hidden on the desktop version with a simple double click. PowerPoint will also feature full stylus support to make giving presentations easier. Users can annotate their slides instantly. There’s also a great new feature where the presenter can have notes on his or her screen but only have the main slide open on the audience’s screen.
Outlook 2013: Outlook 2013 is receiving a Metro-styled interface as well, but with lots of new functionality too. First of all, Aero Peek, a feature that was first introduced in Windows 7, makes its way into Outlook. With Aero Peek, users can now quickly hover over their Contacts, Calendar, or Tasks and have a fully manipulable pop up display. One of the more impressive features that was built into Outlook 2013 is its ability to intelligently suggest events and appointments. Outlook will detect when someone wants to create an appointment by looking for locations, time, and specific keywords. This makes adding events to your calendar much easier. Last but not least, Microsoft also announced powerful developer tools to create plugins for Outlook. They demoed a fully interactive Bing map within a body of an email, without having to jump into a browser.
OneNote 2013: OneNote has always been an excellent note taking app and this latest version is no different. Users can import pictures, video, and annotate all of these things within the application. Microsoft demoed its new “radial menu” for touch friendly editing. Hold down and a circular menu will pop up. Drag your finger to whatever option you want and let go. This interface is intuitive and powerful, letting users change fonts, colors, and formatting within seconds. Unfortunately, this touch menu has only been featured in the OneNote MX preview application.
Features of Microsoft Office 2013 include:
- Touch Mode along with touch enhancements.
- Flatter look of the Ribbon interface
- Microsoft Outlook now has a new visualization for scheduled tasks
- New Start Experience
- New graphical options in Microsoft Word
- New alignment lines when moving objects
- Online picture support with content from Office.com, Bing.com and Flickr
- Resume Reading in Word and PowerPoint
- New slide designs, animations and transitions in PowerPoint 2013
- Support for Outlook.com and Hotmail.com in Outlook
- Support for Skype and Yammer
- Excel 2013 supports new model limits.
Microsoft Office 2013 Professional: includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access 2013.
Microsoft Office 2013 is suitable for IA-32 and X86-64 systems and requires Windows 7, Server 2008 R2, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.
It cannot be installed on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 or other earlier versions of the operating system.
Size: 2.31 GB