Top Ten Things To Know About Microsoft Office 2013

Very soon we will be seeing a new version of Microsoft Office. Known internally as Office 15, the new version is being released as Office 2013, in keeping with the trend, of recent years, for Microsoft to use “Model Year” version numbering for the public while using sequence numbering internally.

There will be many new and different things about the new Office version, some definitely improvements and others – well, others will be discussed long and loud in chat sites for some time.

In looking through many sources and talking with experts, here are some things that strike me as “Need To Know” about the new version.

So – as they say on Letterman: “Paul, did we open the thing? Ladies and Gentlemen – the Top Ten Things to know about Office 2013!”

  1. Touch-Optimized controls. Through Microsoft Windows 8, effort is being made to make applications compatible with hand-held (mainly MS Based) devices, so Office’s controls will be altered to facilitate this.
  2. “New Start Experience.” This seems to be a development on the idea found typically, so far, in Microsoft Visio and other Office programs that don’t offer up a blank document on launch. This will happen more often. You will find instead an opening screen that offers you templates in more applications than previously. This will now happen in all apps, and I have seen at least one posting telling you (already) how to disable it.
  3. SkyDrive integration. This is pursuant to the “clouding” of Office. According to one source, SkyDrive will be the default file location, not “My Documents.”
  4. Video and audio will be insertable into Word documents. Word is being recognized, it seems, as being a way to create documents to be read on-screen, not primarily on paper.
  5. New guides will be present to help with object alignment. These will resemble the lines that appear in Visio 2010 as you move objects about, which inform you when you have lined ups edges or centers with nearby objects or guides.
  6. There will be a “Resume Reading” feature in Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint to help you get back to where you left off. Like when I was a lad (and bison roamed the plains) and we would slip a scrap of paper between the pages of a book. This “bookmark” will transfer between devices, which is the cool thing.
  7. The next few things are part of The Bad News. Things that will be missing from the Office 2013 suite. First; Bye-Bye Microsoft Clip Organizer.
  8. Also, so long Microsoft Office Picture manager
  9. Adieu 2007 and 2010 Chart Styles
  10. No more 3D Cone, Pyramid, or Cylinder Charts.

These are just a few of the things you need to know. The intention here is to give you a heads-up and to suggest that you may want to spend a few minutes on Google and see what other old friends are disappearing (No, the Ribbon won’t disappear – it will just look “Flatter”) and what new features there will be to make your life easier.

Bottom line – this will be a major departure for Microsoft Office. Office 2013 is still an installed suite of apps – don’t confuse it with Office 365 – but it will be more suited to the text-messaging, hand-held, cloud-based world in which we now live.

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