Office 2013 Hits Consumer Preview
July 16, 2012 4:05 PM
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Metro, cloud, and third party options are key improvements
Microsoft Corp.'s (
) star attraction is the
controversial massive revamp
of its Windows operating system franchise,
, set to air
But it today
a significant preview of its
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.
The user interface is relatively similar to
, 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.
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
Third Party Integration
Via logins you can access various accounts, such as your Facebook, Inc. (
) 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.
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.
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
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7/16/2012 6:58:11 PM
Yeah, indeed with Android tablets there's nothing interesting besides Nexus 7 just as there's nothing interesting outside of Nexus for Android phones too (Galaxy Note is the only exception only because of its screen size) so I don't see any problem with MS following Apple's and Google's model. The only thing that MS badly needs right now is an MS Surface Phone to counter Google and Apple flagships. I want ma high end 5" Windows Phone 8 phablet directly from MS online store Apple-style with unlocked hardware and timely software updates. If Google can do this with Nexus why MS can't? Surface is a good step in the right direction, now why don't they do the same thing for a phone?
"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone
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