Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Microsoft Office 2013

Microsoft launched the Office 15 and its cousin Office 365 customer previews today. They seem to make significant changes and departures from their ancestors. Complete cloud integration and metro-ui inspired design makes it look really cool. Though you see the ribbon interface being carried forward from its predecessors, the new surprise being that hiding it is really simple.
The product also focuses on SkyDrive integration. Just to remind, SkyDrive is the cloud service from Microsoft, which has not been so popular in the among us.
The thing I love about the new version is that it brings templates from online with ease. That means, it offers that entire database of wonderful themes available for your documents or presentations on Office website right into the design screen of the application.
Microsoft has also promoted the extensive use of Office 365 subscription in the customer preview, and why not?
Microsoft has neglected Windows Vista as a part of its "only for the new" policy.
Performance wise, its faster than the Office 14. Though, you might find some slow-downs if your internet connection is not so fast.
Overall its a really good product and worth upgrading from Office 2010.
To download Office 15:

  1. Go to the website
  2. Click Sign up
  3. Login with your Windows Live ID
  4. Wait for the page to start your download
  5. Run the setup, follow on screen instructions
  6. The web version of all applications are available instantly, while the setup completes adding "finishing touches"

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