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Metro, cloud, and third party options are key improvements

Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) star attraction is the controversial massive revamp of its Windows operating system franchise, Windows 8, set to air in October.

But it today unveiled a significant preview of its other key moneymaker -- the Office suite.  Office 15 will be known as Office 2013 when it launches sometime later this year. The software just hit Consumer Preview, packed with features that reflect Microsoft shifting vision.

Metro UI
The user interface is relatively similar to Office 2010, but the Metro style, with hard edges, solid colors and pastel themes are there.  Similar to the changes to Windows Explorer, this Metro UI makeover creeps up on you, rather than walloping you right away.

Cloud
An Office 365 Home Premium subscription user can now install one-time use Office apps on an internet-connected client PC.  Basically this allows you to migrate your license to whatever machine you want.  For users in general, there's also direct access to cloud storage via SkyDrive.

Third Party Integration
Via logins you can access various accounts, such as your Facebook, Inc. (FB) network profile or a Flickr account to ad pictures.  Videos are now embeddable, as well, with support for YouTube, and other less popular alternatives.  Excel also has a special data-driven scripting extension language codenamed Agaves, which will allow you to unify your spreadsheet data with online data.

Touch
There is a touch mode in the Consumer Preview, but its functionality is currently limited.  When it touch mode, click elements enlarges them, offering an automatic workflow tool in addition to your standard gestures.  Expect Microsoft to expand on this bare-bones implementation in upcoming builds.

Search
Microsoft can't quit search, despite its monetary losses, and it's determined to find ways to productize it.  One way is to integrate Bing results directly into the Office interface.  You can now access Bing Search via the "Insert an Image" Ribbon widget, allowing for quicker grabs of internet images (because opening up the browser is so tough, we know).  
 

 
Office 2013 may tread closer to traditionalism than Windows 8 on the surface, but digging deeper, all the key direction shifts for Microsoft are there.  Expect beefier touch support in weeks to come, given Microsoft's deep commitment to bleeding edge touch products.

For now check out the Consumer Preview for yourself, available here.

Source: Microsoft



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RE: No thanks
By MikadoWu on 7/16/2012 5:53:24 PM , Rating: 2
I think you are way Wrong and have not used it. I love METRO on a Keyboard and mouse. It took all of about 2 days to get use to it. Have upgrade 5 computers in the house to it already. Even the Kids do not want to go back to 7.


RE: No thanks
By twhittet on 7/16/12, Rating: 0
RE: No thanks
By Pirks on 7/16/2012 7:07:19 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
some of us use our computers to do work
Your trolling is boring because Win8 does not force Metro except for a start screen, and if you happen to do work in a start screen, then, well... all the best to you, har har harrr :))) LOL


RE: No thanks
By prophet001 on 7/17/2012 9:56:07 AM , Rating: 2
^ not this


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