Microsoft Office 2013 is the latest release of the well-known business and productivity suite developed by Microsoft. It includes several improvements, fixes and new characteristics compared to the 2010 version, but there is one that stands out from the rest: Cloud services’ integration. Understood as its greatest new feature, it allows you to store documents online, synchronizing Microsoft accounts between devices and, of course, working with your Office files wherever you are. Then, it’s a quite interesting alternative to Drive and the well-known Gmail’s Google Docs. On the other hand, something that has surprised users is that this suite does no longer provide support for Windows XP OS.
This version can work not only with computers, but also with smartphones, tablets, and even with PCs that do not have the software installed. In this case, you just need to get connected to the Internet and use ‘Office on Demand’, which will allow you to temporarily run full versions of its programs Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Publisher. If you stored your files in SkyDrive, then you will be able to keep working on them.
What is new in its programs?
Microsoft Office 2013 includes Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Excel and Access. All of them have something in common; they offer a cleaner and straightforward design and have full integration with the cloud. Word, one of the most popular programs of the suite, now includes an enhanced ‘Read Mode’ with a distraction-free style which removes any toolbar and provides an ‘E-Reader’ experience. Also, it allows opening PDFs and editing its content, something most users will surely appreciate.
Excel adds a new tool aimed to save user’s time. It is called ‘Flash Fill’ and it is a data assistant that detects what you want to do, entering the rest of the content so that you consider some pre-established patterns. It does not need extra formulas or macros. Besides, with ‘Chart Recommendations’, you will see what’s the most suitable chart for your data. Similarly, each spreadsheet has its window, making possible to work with two of them simultaneously.
PowerPoint enhances projection views and set-up of presentations, widens the variety of shapes, transitions and themes, and adds more dynamic zoom functionality. Outlook now gives support for ‘Exchange Active Sync’, which allows receiving notifications of your social networks. OneNote, Access and Publisher have experienced changes too, but they are not as relevant as those mentioned in the previous programs.
Nevertheless, Microsoft has removed several features from its previous suites such as Microsoft SharePoint Workspace, Microsoft Office Picture Manager and Microsoft Clip Organizer. Besides, neither Office 2007 nor Office 2010 chart styles are longer available in this new suite. These are the ones that surprised most to users, although there have been other removed features, especially in Microsoft Outlook, that were also important such as Outlook Activities tab, Outlook Mobile Service (OMS) or Outlook Exchange Classic offline.
Microsoft Office 2013 15.0.4805.1003 Features
The unique features of this cloud-based suite are the following:
- Integration of Cloud service to save and share files with 20GB available for storage
- Support for smartphones, tablets and computers with no Office installed
- Automatically updated
- ‘Save As’ and ‘Open’ options have been improved: you do not longer need to browse and scroll in dialog boxes to select those functions
- Possibility of holding ‘Shared Meetings’ with other users
- Easier possibilities to share files: all the options appear together in File > Share
- New ‘Metro’ interface: ribbon is kept and controls are touch-enabled
- Possibility of choosing between several templates or recent files when getting started; now blank files are not the default start of your performance
- Possibility of complementing Microsoft Office 2013 with a subscription in Office 365, an Internet-oriented and familiar suite
If you want to read more information about Microsoft Office 2013 before you download it, feel free to visit the developer’s site.
System Requirements to download it correctly
Below you can find the minimum system requirements for the download and setup of this new version of the suite in your computer:
- Operating System: Windows Server 2008 R2 or further
- Processor: 1GHz or faster
- RAM Memory: 1GB for 32-bit and 2GB for 64-bit
- Graphics card compatible with DirectX 10 and with 1024 x 576 screen resolution
- Hard Disk Space: 3GB of free space
- Skype account is sometimes required
- Some functions require Internet connection