Today is a big day for Microsoft because the long-awaited Customer Preview of Office 2013 has been unveiled at San Francisco by CEO Steve Ballmer. It’s a public beta, so anyone can sign up and download a copy.
”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,” said CEO.
What’s new in Office 2013 Customer Preview
- 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.
However CEO didn’t comment on release date of Office 2013 but it is expected to arrive in first half of next year. The best way to experience the new user interface is simply to try it. So what are you waiting for? Download the bits today!
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Courtesy: Microsoft News Center