Microsoft Office 2013

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Microsoft Office 2013 will be included on the WSU Fall 2013 PC laptop images.


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  • Office 2013 isn't a dramatic departure from Office 2010. It does, however, have significant modifications and new features.
  • A new, flat interface. A new UI that's flat, simple, and -- to use Microsoft's language -- "modern."
  • Cloud enabled. Office is absolutely tied to the cloud ... OneDrive.
  • Touch optimized. Office 2013, like Windows 8, is all about touch. That doesn't mean you can't still use a mouse and keyboard, of course, and mouse users won't really notice much difference. But if you do choose to grab one of those nifty Windows RT tablets, you'll find that Office 2013 makes it easy to tap, pinch, zoom and swipe.
  • New Start Experience
  • New alignment lines when moving objects
  • Online picture support with content from, and Flickr

New Features:

  • In Word:
    • Resume reading
    • PDF "reflow" - The frustration of dealing with these uneditable PDFs is over. The new version of Word lets you open PDFs as if they were Word docs, even intelligently translating tables and other text formatting for you to easily edit.
    • Read view - Acknowledging that many Word documents are sent to you not to edit but just to read, Microsoft has created a very fluid Read view. Here's one thing that is finger-friendly: page turn tap buttons appear on either side of the tablet, so that you can scroll through a document without lifting a finger (too much).
  • In PowerPoint:
    • Resume reading
    • Presenter view - a New Presenter view for PowerPoint, which shows you what your audience can see, along with a timer and a spot for notes. You can even zoom and pan, or use a pen to highlight things in each slide.
  • In Outlook:
    • New visualization for scheduled tasks
    • Support for
    • In-line replies - You no longer have to pop out an email to reply to it in Outlook. Click Reply, and a little room for your response appears at the top of the document.
    • Microsoft Outlook Peek lets you take a quick at your Calendar without leaving the Mail screen.
    • "Peek" at calendar, etc. - Hover over the calendar icon with your mouse, and you get a nice tidy look ahead that's gone as soon as you know what's ahead.
    • Weather bar - If you configure your Outlook a certain way, you can keep at-a-glance weather information on top of your calendar. Cool trick: If you are traveling and input your geographical data correctly, the weather forecast will sync to wherever you're going, so you can plan ahead.
    • Outlook People cards show personal info, including social updates.
      • People cards/social connectors - One of the coolest things about Windows Phone and Windows 8 is the emphasis on people, and the fact that they have multiple email addresses, social accounts, phone numbers, mailing addresses and all that. The People cards, which are compatible across all of the next-gen Microsoft software, give you control to that, in an application that requires hardcore people-juggling.
  • In Excel:
    • Recommended charts - This feature looks at highlighted data and, on the fly, mocks up a bunch of different charts and tables for it. With so many options, you're bound to find the one chart you actually want, which would have taken you hours to work your way to if you're not an Excel ninja.
    • "Flash Fill" autocomplete - If you have a tablet with a lot of garbled data and you're trying to clean it up by hand, the Flash Fill function will look at what data you already have, study patterns in the text, and try to lend a hand by guessing what you're going to type.

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