Microsoft launched the new Microsoft Office 2013, with a new interface and enhanced functionality. The product that brought the biggest profits for Microsoft, make changes as important as Windows 8 and is available for free download in Consumer Preview version of Microsoft Office 2013, is compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8.
New version of Microsoft Office will allow you to edit PDFs and will be compatible with the new operating system Windows 8 for tablets and PCs. Current version of Microsoft Office is used by over a billion people, running about 90% of desktop PCs and company bringing the highest grossing of all products, over 15 billion dollars a year.
Microsoft has added a social networking component addressed to the business environment, through which you can “follow” colleagues or different tasks and documents. Addition, the company recently purchased the business social network Yammer, for 1.2 billion euros, is to integrate Office and service Skype software, allowing calls, instant messaging, video conferencing and simultaneous editing of documents. Microsoft has planned general availability for the first quarter of 2013.
Office 2013 is more “cloud-based” than previous versions. This is notable as the default save location is the user’s SkyDrive. Also, Microsoft is hoping that users will get Office 2013 through Office 365 subscriptions.
New features include a new read mode in Microsoft Word, a presentation mode in Microsoft PowerPoint and improved touch and inking in all of the Office programs. Microsoft Word can also insert video and audio from online sources as well as the capability to broadcast documents on the Web. Word and PowerPoint also have bookmark-like features which sync the position of the document between different computers.