MS Office 2013: What's New?

Posted by John Onwuegbu | Monday, October 22, 2012 | ,

Microsoft last week Friday in a promo tagged "Microsoft Office Pre-launch Offer" commenced a free Office 2013 upgrade offer for customers who purchase the retail copy of Office 2010 for Windows. The promo is expected to run from October 19 to April 30, 2013.

Albeit, Microsoft has not set a launch date for the new OS, market watchers are of the candid view that it will ship in late January or earlier February 2013. MS Office 2013 suite preview, presented exceptionally novel features inline with the Windows 8 technologies; whereas most remarkable in the list are as follows:

SkyDrive Support: Office 2013 is fully integrated to the cloud with Microsoft Cloud service SkyDrive, and SharePoint is supported as well. And this is particularly beneficial for those who require access to their files on the go.

Sync Options: Now, Office documents saved on the Cloud can be easily synced across devices (PCs or Tablets) via Web Apps.

Touchscreen Mode: Office 2013 is built on the Windows 8 architecture, so supports touchscreen capability, especially the Read More mode in Word. It lets users scroll through documents by swiping horizontally with the fingers. While on PC with a touchscreen monitor, you can alternate between the more traditional navigation mode.

Login Account: Office 2013 application through the file tab includes Account (Outlook or Office Account), whereby users can log-in to their SkyDrive account and be able to switch between accounts.

Edit PDF: Before now, you can only save Word document in PDF, you cannot edit PDFs in Word, except when converted to Doc or DocX format. The new Office 2013 now makes it possible to open PDF files and edit it right within Microsoft Word, with file still retaining the PDF structure including the elements.

MS Office 2013 desktop software will come bundled on its own or as part of Office 365 subscription, now open to consumers as well as small businesses. So, given the above highlighted new features, will you be more likely to upgrade?