Rumors has it Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer will unveil to the world its Office 2013 (codenamed Office 15) Beta on Monday, July 16. Microsoft is really busy this year for 3 main products will be released: Windows 8, Microsoft Surface tablet and Office 2013.
Be renowned as the Number one software in office presentation tools, Office Suite is also the main revenue source for Microsoft. As USA Today notes, Office revenues “accounted for $22.2 billion of Microsoft’s nearly $70 billion in fiscal 2011 revenue and $14.1 billion of operating income, by far the most of any unit.”
Windows 8 and Office 2013:
The next version of Office is designed to integrate well with Windows 8 (including Windows RT). It will support Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista with Service Pack 2. Windows XP is on the support list, which has long been announced of support end in 2014.
Windows 8 has garnered much positive coverage not only from the press, but also consumers. Office is almost as pivotal, since the vast majority of Windows users rely on Office, consisting of the likes of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The Office support will also directly affect the Microsoft Surface tablet performance too for over 40% of consumers indicates that they would like to see Microsoft Office on tablet.
New Features of Office 2013:
Although the next generation Office 2013 has been in development for some time under the codename Office 15, not much is known until Ballmer’s announcement. According to the materials available, Microsoft Office 2013 will have these new features:
Outlook 2013: Received the most pronounced changes so far; for example, the Metro interface provides a new visualization for scheduled tasks
OneNote 2013: Include a new splash screen
Excel 2013: With a tool for filtering data in a timeline, the ability to convert Roman numerals to Arabic numerals, and the integration of advanced trigonometric functions
Word 2013: The capability of inserting video and audio online as well as the broadcasting of documents on the Web were implemented.
- A new Start menu which provides quick access to favorite files, attractive templates and recent items
- Include more templates and transition effects
- New chart engine access feature allows PowerPoint users to pick charts from Excel 2013 worksheets and insert them as slides, without altering the presentation’s formatting
- PowerPoint 2013 Touch Mode can be used to allow users to move between slides and presentations by using the touch screen
- Auto-bookmarking feature which is also available in Word 2013
PowerPoint to WMV: When saving PowerPoint 2010 as WMV video, sound is not included, will this problem be fixed? Will PowerPoint 2013 add more output video format support?
PowerPoint to PDF: It is a pain to discover a typo in a PDF you’ve just create from PowerPoint. Will PowerPoint 2013 include the ability to edit PDF files?
At the end:
Office 2010 was in beta status for 28 weeks before finally being launched as a retail product. So probably we would see the final Office 2013 at the end of this year. Looking forward to seeing what new features Office 2013 Ballmer will tell us!
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