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.

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?