The next wave of Office 2013 Products is here

The next wave of Office 2013 Products is here

Posted on Jul 17, 2012

Today, Microsoft held a press conference and we all pretty much guessed right when Steve Ballmer went on stage to announce the public preview for the next wave of Office 2013 Products.  The update to Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and other Office apps brings a Metro-like look and feel with tablet-friendly touch features making it a perfect companion to the latest Microsoft Surface.  You can download the consumer preview now for free from the Microsoft Site and it will be readily available as a full RTM version early next year.

So what’s new with Office 2013?
Office 2013

Metro Looking Interface with Excel 2013

Office 2013 undoubtedly comes with a host of new features but the biggest change will have to be its metro design allowing  users to  access content across multiple platforms, including touch-screen tablets, mobile, PCs and offline.  A cloud-based subscription service is also available providing users with accessibility to regular upgrades, multiple installs, sky drive cloud storage and 60 minutes of Skype world minutes every month.

“We are taking bold steps at Microsoft,” said CEO Steve Ballmer at the conference. “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.”

Microsoft have done a great job in the past with providing valuable resources when beta and preview versions are released, and it’s no different this time.  You can already begin accessing free training and webinar material via the Office Training site.

Office 2013 also introduces the Microsoft’s Office Store, where users will be able to buy and download document add-ins that use HTML5 and JavaScript to add dynamic content to their documents.

Microsoft also announced the preview release of SharePoint 2013, Exchange 2013, Lync 2013 and an eventual update to their online Office 365 offering.

Where to from here?

At GKM2, we are already one step ahead of the pack and have already deployed Office 2013 preview in our development environment to play around with and we are very impressed with what we have seen to date. This is truly the biggest change we have seen since Office 2007 introduced the ribbon interface.

Stay tuned and subscribe to our blog as we begin writing on the new wave of Office products in particular with SharePoint 2013 and Exchange 2013.