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Microsoft Unveils the New Office

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  1. btarunr

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    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."

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    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.
    PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1i3nP)
     
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    google drive is better
     
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    cool story bro, go on.....
     
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    I will stick with Office 2010/LibreOffice combined with Google Docs for anything studies related (the latter being part of the Google-based cooperation platform "my" university launched recently). Despite the fact that this does look good (after a quick glance over the feature list), I still don't see how this new Office is going to serve me.
     
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    Not interested atm. Libre's writer and calc are quite sufficient for my needs.
     
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    Ive used both.....I now use Skydrive.
     
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    I love MS. Office... with one exception - outlook is awful. Excel is amazing though. Literally couldn't live without it. If excel disappeared tomorrow I would lose my job and become a hobo.

    If i could share excel spreadsheets (not that google crap) and or access databases in real time, in a secure and cost effective way. It would be phenomenal.
     
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    Um Skydrive can do this now.
     
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    new office is pretty nice. they didnt change to much just refined
     
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    I like libre office. Too bad libre office is the only one that can read files made in libre office. No matter what format I save it in, it wont open in
     
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    Sigh. Nothing worthy implemented for serious users. And they want us to upgrade for that POS? I'll stick with LibreOffice and Linux, thanks. :shadedshu
     
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    Anyone of the previous posters actually uses these kind of software for making a living? I do and I use Outlook and swear by it. Opens multi gigabyte mail archive in 1 second and just works, has the right options, recovers nicely from occasional BSOD, serves cool beer, all. ;)
     
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    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.
     
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    outlook pst: 6.5 GB, archive pst: 14 GB

    no idea what i would do without outlook
     
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    I love office. I just cannot afford it. If I could I would.
     
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    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.
     
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    Google Apps domains have worked out pretty well for me as far as small business is concerned. It's not just Drive, but the bundle of software that you can use anywhere there is internet. It's not like you have to download anything to use Google's software either. Downfall is if you don't have internet you don't have your tools but in this day and age (at least where I live,) internet is pretty readily available.

    This isn't to say office is bad, but in past experiences I've only acquired office because people give me documents that requirement to have it otherwise Google Drive and OpenOffice works out pretty well.
     
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    Windows live offers all the same things google does.
     
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    Google is free, at least in our case since I work in education. There are also a lot of 3rd party add-ons for Google Apps domains.
     
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    So is Windows live.....and its apps are native to Windows which gives them FAR better support.
     
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    We use Apple for 98% of our company owned machines. We don't even boot camp, why even bother buying licenses when you don't need Windows for anything in particular.
     
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    Windows live works for Apple too. They even offer more space for storage then Apple or Google for free. You don't have to install anything either. Google drive you do AFAIK.
     
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    You don't have to install anything for Google Drive. You can use the web interface. There is a downloadable client, but it's not required. The personal Google Drive might have a limit, but as an Admin I'm not seeing any limit for a business.
     
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    So then Windows Live is how you are using SkyDrive or what?
     

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