Monday, July 16th 2012

Microsoft Unveils the New Office

Today, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office, available at office.com/preview. The next release features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. The new Office is social and unlocks modern scenarios in reading, note-taking, meetings and communications and will be delivered to subscribers through a cloud service that is always up to date.

"We are taking bold steps at Microsoft," Ballmer said at the press conference in San Francisco. "The new, modern Office will deliver unparalleled productivity and flexibility for both consumers and business customers. It is a cloud service and will fully light-up when paired with Windows 8."
Office at Its Best on Windows 8
  • Touch everywhere. Office responds to touch as naturally as it does to keyboard and mouse. Swipe your finger across the screen or pinch and zoom to read your documents and presentations. Author new content and access features with the touch of a finger.
  • Inking. Use a stylus to create content, take notes and access features. Handwrite email responses and convert them automatically to text. Use your stylus as a laser pointer when presenting. Color your content and erase your mistakes with ease.
  • New Windows 8 applications. OneNote and Lync represent the first new Windows 8 style applications for Office. These applications are designed to deliver touch-first experiences on a tablet. A new radial menu in OneNote makes it easy to access features with your finger.
  • Included in Windows RT. Office Home and Student 2013 RT, which contains new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote applications, will be included on ARM-based Windows 8 devices, including Microsoft Surface.
Office Is in the Cloud
  • SkyDrive. Office saves documents to SkyDrive by default, so your content is always available across your tablet, PC and phone. Your documents are also available offline and sync when you reconnect.
  • Roaming. Once signed in to Office, your personalized settings, including your most recently used files, templates and even your custom dictionary, roam with you across virtually all of your devices. Office even remembers where you last left off and brings you right back to that spot in a single click.
  • Office on Demand. With a subscription, you can access Office even when you are away from your PC by streaming full-featured applications to an Internet-connected Windows-based PC.
  • New subscription services. The new Office is available as a cloud-based subscription service. As subscribers, consumers automatically get future upgrades in addition to exciting cloud services including Skype world minutes and extra SkyDrive storage.
  • Subscribers receive multiple installs for everyone in the family and across their devices.
Office Is Social
  • Yammer. Yammer delivers a secure, private social network for businesses. You can sign up for free and begin using social networking instantly. Yammer offers integration with SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics.
  • Stay connected. Follow people, teams, documents and sites in SharePoint. View and embed pictures, videos and Office content in your activity feeds to stay current and update your colleagues.
  • People Card. Have an integrated view of your contacts everywhere in Office. The People Card includes presence information complete with pictures, status updates, contact information and activity feeds from Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.
  • Skype. The new Office comes with Skype. When you subscribe, you get 60 minutes of Skype world minutes every month. Integrate Skype contacts into Lync and call or instant message anyone on Skype.
Office Unlocks New Scenarios
  • Digital note-taking. Keep your notes handy in the cloud and across multiple devices with OneNote. Use what feels most natural to you — take notes with touch, pen or keyboard, or use them together and switch easily back and forth.
  • Reading and markup. The Read Mode in Word provides a modern and easy-to-navigate reading experience that automatically adjusts for large and small screens. Zoom in and out of content, stream videos within documents, view revision marks and use touch to turn pages.
  • Meetings. PowerPoint features a new Presenter View that privately shows your current and upcoming slides, presentation time, and speaker notes in a single glance. While presenting, you can zoom, mark up and navigate your slides with touch and stylus. Lync includes multiparty HD video with presentations, shared OneNote notebooks and a virtual whiteboard for collaborative brainstorming.
  • Eighty-two-inch touch-enabled displays. Conduct more engaging meetings, presentations and lessons, whether in person or virtually, with these multitouch and stylus-enabled displays from Perceptive Pixel.
While the full lineup of offerings and pricing plans will be announced in the fall, Ballmer discussed three new Office 365 subscription services. When available, each new subscription offer will include the new 2013 editions of the Office applications — Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. In addition, subscribers will receive future rights to version upgrades as well as per-use rights across up to five PCs or Macs and mobile devices. The three new editions will be the following:
  • Office 365 Home Premium — designed for families and consumers. This service also includes an additional 20 GB of SkyDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype world minutes per month.
  • Office 365 Small Business Premium — designed for small businesses. This service also includes business-grade email, shared calendars, website tools and HD webconferencing.
  • Office 365 ProPlus — designed for enterprise customers who want advanced business capabilities and the flexibility to deploy and manage in the cloud.
The customer preview is available here.
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41 Comments on Microsoft Unveils the New Office

#1
Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
Cool. Hadn't even heard of it and am still using Dropbox. Don't need much cloud-based storage space so...
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TheMailMan78
Big Member
Wrigleyvillain said:
Cool. Hadn't even heard of it and am still using Dropbox. Don't need much cloud-based storage so...
Dropbox sucks. Google Drive and MS Skydrive are FAR better. Ive used both and prefer Skydrive because of more free storage but as Aquinus pointed out Google Drive is nice also. I use Gmail for example for better security.
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newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
I don't know if I like the installer for 2013. I downloaded it, double clicked on it, and it came up with a Window saying "Lets Get Started" with a Next button. I figured it would walk me through the install. Nope. It had already installed office.
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#4
TheMailMan78
Big Member
newtekie1 said:
I don't know if I like the installer for 2013. I downloaded it, double clicked on it, and it came up with a Window saying "Lets Get Started" with a Next button. I figured it would walk me through the install. Nope. It had already installed office.
Now you know how your girlfriend feels. :laugh:

j/k man. :toast:
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#5
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
TheMailMan78 said:
Now you know how your girlfriend feels. :laugh:

j/k man. :toast:
That's a low blow. :confused:
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#6
TheMailMan78
Big Member
Aquinus said:
That's a low blow. :confused:
Naaaaa. newtekie1 and I go way back on TPU. He knows I'm an idiot. :laugh:
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newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
TheMailMan78 said:
Now you know how your girlfriend feels. :laugh:

j/k man. :toast:
:laugh:
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#8
Nordic
newtekie1 said:
I use LibraOffice all the time, if you safe documents in rtf and spreadsheets in csv, both can be opened in pretty much any program. Also, Libraoffice allows you to save in Microsoft formats(doc/docx and xlx/xlsx) which obviously open natively in Office.
I don't want to turn this into a support thread. Just saying that didn't work for me. I did say no matter what format I saved in. I even tried re installing twice. In my experience libre office was not very functional.
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#9
Peter1986C
AFAIK, LO relies on Java in part. Did you try to update/reinstall that?
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#10
w3b
newtekie1 said:
once you deal with a corrupt 10GB PST file you'll never want to deal with PST files again.
Agreed from my experience recovering someone elses PST file.
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#11
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
newtekie1 said:
I spend way too much time fixing outlook to use it personally. Storing everything in one big file(or two) is a fundamentally bad idea. If anything, I like the way Microsoft Live Mail does it, storing every email in its own file, and every contact in its own file. Yes, it is a little less efficient with space, but hard drive space is cheap, and once you deal with a corrupt 10GB PST file you'll never want to deal with PST files again. I wish outlook would switch to this method.

Though at this point I've switched to a Google Business account and use that, it does everything Outlook does, and I can access it from anywhere in the world not just my PC at home.
Which is why you should make regular backups.

Anyway I like it that Outlook is now part of the cheaper package as well. I'll probably stick with my 2007 Ultimate though (unless I can get the new one for a good price somewhere).
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#12
pantherx12
Nice, shame I can't Office.

I use Open Office instead, it's a bit more finicky but gets the job done.

The word processor is all I really need anyway and it's pretty much a clone of MS word.
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#13
scoutingwraith
I havent upgraded since Office 2007. Any improvements over the old one.
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newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
I've been using this for the past few days and I can say it isn't worth it at all if you already have 2010. SkyDrive is nice, but just take a few minutes and setup an FTP server yourself, boom the need for this cloud grap is gone.

Frick said:
Which is why you should make regular backups.

Anyway I like it that Outlook is now part of the cheaper package as well. I'll probably stick with my 2007 Ultimate though (unless I can get the new one for a good price somewhere).
Good in theory, but with something like Outlook that is pretty much guaranteed to have multiple changes every hour it is kind of hard, not impossible but not practical either. Yeah, you can make a nightly backup to an external, but if outlook dies during the day you loose everything from that day, all the emails etc. When the PST files goes bad it just isn't fun, even with backups. As I said, it doesn't need to be this way, Windows Live Mail uses a much better system, which is odd considering it is the free program and Outlook is a paid program. Also, at this point, there isn't much Outlook does that Live Mail doesn't. Live Mail has come a long way from its roots as Outlook Express. It now has a good contact manager and a good calendar.
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#15
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
newtekie1 said:

Good in theory, but with something like Outlook that is pretty much guaranteed to have multiple changes every hour it is kind of hard, not impossible but not practical either. Yeah, you can make a nightly backup to an external, but if outlook dies during the day you loose everything from that day, all the emails etc. When the PST files goes bad it just isn't fun, even with backups. As I said, it doesn't need to be this way, Windows Live Mail uses a much better system, which is odd considering it is the free program and Outlook is a paid program. Also, at this point, there isn't much Outlook does that Live Mail doesn't. Live Mail has come a long way from its roots as Outlook Express. It now has a good contact manager and a good calendar.
Aye on all points. It's a weakness and Live Mail is better nowadays.. Still not as good as Outlook in a corporate environment of course, but for home use there's little use going with Outlook (generally).
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newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Frick said:
Aye on all points. It's a weakness and Live Mail is better nowadays.. Still not as good as Outlook in a corporate environment of course, but for home use there's little use going with Outlook (generally).
Yeah, the only think Live Mail really lacks is Exchange support, and obviously that is intentional on Microsoft's side to sell Outlook.
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