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Office 2013 Nearly Here

Microsoft Office 2013 (codenamed Office 15, but not much of a codename!) is on its way, and the customer preview can be downloaded here. Just when you’d got used to Office 2010…  If you are a techno-junkie, the interface is based on Metro. The things that hit us here at Office Tutorials are the following:

  • there don’t seem to be too many “must have” new features, at least not for us, anyway.
  • the ribbon is here to stay, but it, and the rest of the user interface, are very “flat”. In the 2007 and 2010 versions of Office the ribbon had a more 3D feel. In the next version, it’s very 2 dimensional.
  • you have to log on using your Windows Live account, so Office know who you are. Your Windows Live profile even appaers in the top right of the workspace. Is this some attempt to control software piracy? You decide.
  • Annoying: after installing the preview, every double click on an Office document (Microsoft Word document, PowerPoint presentation, Excel spreadsheet, etc) triggers the new version of the Office program to open, not your existing version. Furthermore, uninstalling Office 2013 is a nightmare; you have to download a “special tool” to do so! This article gives you an overview of how to uninstall Office 2012, but that didn’t work for us. We had to download the uninstall Office 2013 Tool.

Office 2013 Preview

Our independent and unbiased opinion is don’t bother with Office 2013 until (not “unless” – you will eventually need to upgrade) you absolutely have to. Office 2010 does everything that Office 2013 does that you probably need.

Maybe we’re missing something though. So, what must have features have you found in the new (albeit beta) version that you now can’t live without?

Office 2013 Preview

With the 3 year milestone since Office 2010 was released being just around the corner, Microsoft have made available the customer preview of Office 2013. It is free for you to download on up to five different computers.

With Office 2013, Microsoft are focusing on the cloud, mobile devices and touchscreens.

The ribbon is still with us, although it looks flatter, but there is now the option to hide it, thereby maximising the workspace for smaller display screens. The familiar swiping and pinch-to-zoom commands of touchscreens are also there as well.

To use Office 2013, you need to sign in with your Windows Live account. This enables Office to use the cloud to synchronise and  keep your documents up to date, regardless of which computer you use (providing there is internet access).

Office 2013 First Glance

The new ribbon seems the same as far as functionality goes. However, the whole user interface looks much flatter.

Here is a sample screenshot from PowerPoint 2013:

PowerPoint 2013 Screenshot

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.. and here’s a similar image for Word 2013:

Word 2013 Screenshot

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The removal of the 3D look to the ribbon and the commands therein moves the interface’s appearance closer to that of a web application, and further away from that of a desktop application. With the emphasis being on the cloud, maybe that’s a deliberate move.

Because you sign in using your Windows Live account, you get to see your profile picture in the top right corner of the workspce. I haven’t yet found a way of using Office 2013 without signing in this way, and find it a pain that they force me to sign in! It makes you wonder whether Microsoft are targeting software pirates with this new signing in requirement.

I haven’t seen much new functionality either. If most of the new features are related to Office use on touchscreen devices, and the use of the cloud behind the scenes, must users will not be aware of any new functionality.