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Word 2013  (Source: Office Next)

Word 2013 RT  (Source: Office Next)
Microsoft discussed changes it made in order to provide a full Office experience on a Windows RT tablet

Microsoft's Office blog, "Office Next," revealed what programs like Word and Excel will look and feel like on a Windows RT tablet. 
 
According to the blog, the Microsoft Office team was looking at what consumers required in a mobile version of the Office Suite. They discovered that users wanted two things: a full Office experience, and great battery life while using it. 
 
So, the team did just that. Office Home and Student 2013 for Windows RT isn't just a viewer or a quick edit system; it's a full Office  experience complete with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote just the way they work on a PC. 
 
But for obvious reasons, Office can't work on a Windows RT tablet exactly the way it works on a PC. A different device calls for different functions, so the Microsoft Office team addressed this as well. The question at hand was, how could they create a classic full Office experience that adapts well to a tablet? 
 
Windows RT devices typically have features like 2 GB and up memory capabilities, 16 GB to 32 GB SSD storage capabilities and ARM system-on-a-chip processors. These specs offer plenty of potential as far as optimizing the use of Office programs and the device's battery life. The storage allows for plenty of document saves while the ARM processor reduces power consumption and increases performance. 
 
Other changes were made as well, such as the addition of coalescable timers, which specify a range of time to wake up the central processing unit (CPU) to do work instead of an absolute interval. This doesn't drain the battery as much. Other timers that are battery consuming, such as those that support a blinking cursor, were eliminated entirely. Instead, Windows RT stops the blinking cursor after a few seconds if the user has stopped responding. 
 
Aside from providing a full Office Suite and optimizing battery life, the blog mentioned that Office for Windows RT will also be able to tell whether you're using a cellular network, and if that data is unlimited or metered. This helps customers with issues like bill shock. When customers are nearing or over their monthly cap, Office lets them know. 
 
Office Home and Student 2013 RT will be available on Windows RT devices October 26, when Windows 8 is released. Initially, only preview editions will be available, but starting in November, free Microsoft updates will start rolling in through January. These updates will boost the Office Suite RT to its full-featured version. 
 
You can read more about specific changes to Office RT here
 

Source: Office Next



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Not Sold
By Ammohunt on 9/14/2012 11:25:33 AM , Rating: 1
I am a huge fan of the MS Office suite i own 2007 pro. I have found over the years that i really don't need any of the features Office provides outside of the workplace and even at my current job i rarely use it. In a Microsoft shop with exchange you would be foolish to run anything other that Office on the desktop but any more its pointless to run at home unless you have a specific need for it. I find it laughable that anyone would use it on tablet to create documents using a soft keyboard.




RE: Not Sold
By chripuck on 9/14/2012 11:43:00 AM , Rating: 4
This is about the eventual convergence of Tablet's and Laptops. If we can have an environment that is both conducive for work as well as play why wouldn't we want it? I mean, Samsung, Lenovo and Asus have already demoed Windows RT Tablets with keyboard docks that turn them into laptops.

In 10 years we'll be looking at laptops/tablets that are fully functional, content producing devices when in laptop mode and when undocked become great content consumption devices.


RE: Not Sold
By Ammohunt on 9/14/2012 1:28:35 PM , Rating: 2
I am not arguing the convergence part adding a real keyboard to a tablet is something entirely different you would be at that point functionally a laptop. If i am going to attach a keyboard to a tablet why not just get the full version of office and windows 8 on an x86 based tablet rather than a custom version that runs on RT?


RE: Not Sold
By NellyFromMA on 9/14/2012 2:49:54 PM , Rating: 2
I guess that's why you'll have options?


RE: Not Sold
By kleinma on 9/14/2012 11:48:07 AM , Rating: 2
I find your entire comment laughable. Well sad, and laughable.


RE: Not Sold
By dark matter on 9/14/2012 12:48:11 PM , Rating: 3
At least he had an opinion. All you have is an opinion on an opinion.


RE: Not Sold
By kmmatney on 9/14/2012 1:29:07 PM , Rating: 1
Just dock the tablet and use a regular keyboard (and mouse probably) and it will be fine for real work. I wrote a 300 page Master's Thesis in 1994 on a 486DX 100, with a 14" CRT running at 640 x 480. This would be a huge upgrade from that.


RE: Not Sold
By NellyFromMA on 9/14/2012 2:49:19 PM , Rating: 2
You do realize the tablet can work with an actual keyboard, right...?


Not quite as good a x86
By B3an on 9/14/2012 3:04:25 AM , Rating: 4
The article says it's a full blown version of Office on Win RT. Thats not quite true, it's missing a few small things compared to the x86 version:

• Macros, add-ins, and features that rely on ActiveX controls or 3rd party code such as the PowerPoint Slide Library ActiveX control and Flash Video Playback
• Certain legacy features such as playing older media formats in PowerPoint (upgrade to modern formats and they will play) and editing equations written in Equation Editor 3.0, which was used in older versions of Office (viewing works fine)
• Certain email sending features, since Windows RT does not support Outlook or other desktop mail applications (opening a mail app, such as the mail app that comes with Windows RT devices, and inserting your Office content works fine)
• Creating a Data Model in Excel 2013 RT (PivotTables, QueryTables, Pivot Charts work fine)
• Recording narrations in PowerPoint 2013 RT
• Searching embedded audio/video files, recording audio/video notes, and importing from an attached scanner with OneNote 2013 RT (inserting audio/video notes or scanned images from another program works fine)

So a very near full version of Office. Good enough for 99% of current Office users (i'm sure most people wont even notice any difference) and its definitely far more advanced and capable than anything iOS and Android have.




RE: Not quite as good a x86
By andrewaggb on 9/14/2012 12:20:50 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, that's actually really good. I was expecting it to be much more feature reduced than that.


it's crazy to think
By Samus on 9/14/2012 12:07:44 AM , Rating: 2
A blinking cursor drains that much battery life from the CPU? Can't this be handled by the RTC?




RE: it's crazy to think
By aicom on 9/14/2012 12:22:23 AM , Rating: 2
It does and it is. But drawing that cursor requires the CPU and graphics hardware to be woken up, which prevents it from remaining in the very deep sleep states for a long time.


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