Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Microsoft Office 2013 Review

Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Download office 2013, powerpoint 2013, how to install office 2013, office 2013Office 2013 is the latest refresh of Microsoft's Office suite. The latest version has a touch-friendly interface and a sparser look, as well as new features in every application. While the main thing you'll notice with Office 2013 the new
look, there are some really interesting features under the hood, Windows XP users are now excluded. Office 2013 is strictly for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. 

At first glance, Office 2013 doesn't look much different than Office 2010. The layout of the apps is a bit cleaner, and on a tablet, most items are spaced well enough that the app is easily navigated by fingertip. 

New Features on Microsoft Office 2013

Word 2013

With the ugly Ribbon interface hidden away once you start typing, the interface looks clean so you can focus on the typing. Tap in the document area to start typing once more, and the menus slide away and a tap on one of the Ribbon headings brings it smoothly into view. One nice touch is the responsiveness of the cursor; it transitions instantaneously from one character to the next as you type. It’s a small thing, but it makes the whole experience of typing feel luxurious

The Insert option allows you to search for online videos using Bing from within Word. You can also embed video code into the documents

Outlook 2013

As with the rest of the Office 2013 apps, the ribbon interface can be tucked away if not needed, and if you’re only reading, replying to or forwarding messages, it’s certainly superfluous.

If you’ve got the Reading Pane open, you can take advantage of the new Inline Replies feature, which allows you to reply to a message from within the Reading Pane itself, with your reply entered at the top of the incoming message.
Switching between Mail, Calendar, People (previously Contacts) and Tasks is now performed by left-clicking on the relevant option at the foot of the page. You can still have a pervasive mini Calendar running down the right hand side of the screen, if you prefer.

'People' is now replacing 'Contacts' in the Outlook menu. Contacts are amalgamated from social services such as LinkedIn, as well as your various address books.

PowerPoint 2013

The most significant change is the new Presenter View, and it’s set to dramatically alter the way presentations are delivered. The idea behind this is to give the presenter more control over the slideshow when delivering a presentation.
The title bar and borderless windows are gone. Support for touch navigation has been introduced, with swipe and pinch gestures allowing users to manipulate slides in an immediate and intuitive manner, while creating or delivering presentations.

The shape creation tools have been extended and simplified, and photographic content can now be drawn in directly from online sources, including Bing image search, Clip Art, Flickr, Facebook and SkyDrive. 

Collaborative tools have also been improved in PowerPoint, with enhanced comments that appear alongside slides as they do in Word, complete with the ability for others to reply to those comments.

Excel 2013

The two feature improvements highlighted during the demo at San Fransisco show some real imagination has gone into the new version of Excel. These improvements are Flash Fill and Quick Analysis. Quick Analysis makes it easier to turn rows and columns of figures in to charts, pivot tables and so on. Quick Analysis tool is brilliant at allowing users to perform complicated tasks with a few quick taps. Once you get used to the way cells and ranges of cells are selected, that too works well.

Flash Fill aims to make splitting apart text that appears in single fields much easier. If you’ve pasted a list of content in from another source — say a table from a web page or Word document — it’s often the case that you want to split fields apart to deal with data independently — apply a calculation, or a sort, for instance.
Simply type your intended target text in the next field, hit the Flash Fill button on the Data Ribbon, and Excel will complete the job for you, splitting out the text all down the appropriate column. Genius.

Downloading Office 2013

Where can I download Microsoft Office 2013?

Option A: You can go to and download the full-featured edition of Office 2013 that includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Microsoft Access (no Visio here). You can install this version on up to 5 PCs using your Microsoft account.
The downside is that you have to install the entire Office package and second, this isn’t the final release of Office but a “preview” edition (version 15.0.4128.1025).

Option B: The other option is that you download the Microsoft Office 2013 installer from the Technet website (all you need is a Windows Live ID). Unlike the preview edition of Office, this one is the “final” Office Professional Plus 2013 release (version 15.0.4433.1506) that will continue to work for 60 days from the date of installation.

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Installing Office 2013

Whether you start the download from the Office 365 site or you try to open an Office document on a PC that doesn't have Office, the programs stream from the cloud.
This is a much improved version of the click-to-run virtualisation that Microsoft has used for the Office trial versions for a few years, which enables you to start using the applications just a few minutes after you download them. You don't have to wait for the full download; you can use the first features as soon as they download and if you click on a tool that hasn't yet downloaded, the installer will get that next.


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