New Office at first sight
Microsoft introduced the new version of its Office suite of office , pointing to greater integration with the cloud and a touch interface to use the software with your fingers. The new version of Office adds a number of Microsoft services such as SkyDrive for storage, Skype to make calls and Yammer recently acquired as a collaboration tool SharePoint.
The suite “will remain a traditional application, but the Office that will show you today is the first that was designed from the ground up to be a service,” said CEO, Steve Ballmer. Office is now divided into two parts: office 2013 and Office 365.
The second is now a subscription system, which lets you install Office 2013 on up to five different devices, in addition to providing access to web versions of these programs. With a subscription, you will have constant updates of software, taking advantage of the cloud, you can synchronize documents to work on them from different devices without getting lost.
Prices for monthly subscription rates will suite versions that are not yet known, so probably have to wait until October to see the rest of the details, along with the launch of Windows 8.
However, we could test the new suite for a while in a tablet Samsung Series 7 Slate, running Windows 8 Release Preview. Here are some of our impressions.
Office joined a system that lets you go by downloading the application while using it, or while running other programs. Other types of software (especially games) that work this way, and while not revolutionary, it is interesting that is settled. At least it saves time and not wait to start using the program you need.
As expected, Metro Office interface integrates in its design. There are a lot of white, clear and clean menus and Ribbon although it remains on the menu in Word, Excel and the rest, you can “hide” you do not need, making it more visually appealing.
In terms of functionality, all programs were adapted to run on the fingers, which means bigger buttons to press them accurately. However, not always so simple, and yet to adapt some parts that were not enough room to squeeze the wrong choice not by accident.
Anyway, these are programs that usually require a keyboard and mouse to function optimally – no one would write 10 veneers in Word using the touchpad or create a huge return in this way – so the options are more of a tactile add that a major function.
Office added a series of cloud-based tools. Upon opening the menu “File” (File), we find an extensive list of options to the left, including “save as” to store documents on SkyDrive and “share”, which can invite others to participate, or publish our text on the Internet in various ways.
To use these features you must register with a user within Office Live. With that we can use SkyDrive as a storage system and have our documents on any device. Microsoft added this a function that remembers where we were editing the last time we entered the document, and sent us there if we keep working there. It’s pretty useful if you are working on a large document.
You can also share the file and allow others to work on it simultaneously.
Integration with Office cloud is something that desperately needed and the new version seems to solve the issue in a good way.
In the picture above have a session running collaborative PowerPoint, where six people connected by videoconference that can intervene at once on the slide. People can also comment and leave messages for other employees.
An interesting development is the inclusion of applications running within the Office programs, which can be purchased/downloaded in a special tent and optional for each user. The store is available today and interested developers can begin to submit their projects to the store. The idea is to provide extensions that allow users to make better software, with maps, dictionaries, call systems, etc.. Perhaps most interesting of areas such as Outlook and SharePoint, which can integrate a greater number of social functions.
Word still works almost the same, except perhaps for two changes. One is the inclusion of “reading mode” which allows you to read the document in a more practical, especially if you are using a tablet. The document will behave more like an e-book, and Word will turn the page by sliding your fingers, marks on some parts of the text, etc.. You can also change the background colors and letters to make it easier to read.
The other change is the expected integration of PDF to Word. You can now save documents in this format without installing any plugin or anything, which makes things more comfortable.
Also improved the possibilities to integrate images and video, either from the desktop or the web, delivering best guides to align content, etc..
Excel auto upgraded its system with a feature called “flash fill” you can guess the type of list you want to write, completing them for you.
Also added a button “quick scan”, which allows a preview of graphics, facilitating the creation of them.
In addition to adding the features already mentioned above, PowerPoint added a new “presenter view” which shows that the dissertation does something different from what viewers see. The presents can view the slide that comes later, and a series of notes with what he has to say. It also allows the presenter can see all the slides without leaving the presentation, as if you have to do in previous versions. This can easily jump from one slide to another in an interleaved fashion, ideal for when someone asks a question and must return to a previous slide, or jump to one that is straight ahead.
SharePoint was a remodel rather deep, with the integration of Yammer within the system. In addition to following people, as you can do on Facebook or Twitter, the software allows “follow documents” and recommend documents to other people, which is useful when you work with others in a company.
Meanwhile, Outlook also became more socially integrated “business cards” that provide contact information about people we have in our agenta. A new feature lets you make calls via Skype directly from Outlook.
Being a beta, we also encounter some system freezes, but anyway, it must be remembered that there is still the final version of the software. By the way, Office currently runs on the Windows desktop, 8, and not directly as an application Metro, which also is expected to change in the near future.Tags: Excel, Microsoft, Office, Office 15, office 2013, Office 365, Office Suite, Outlook, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Windows 8, Word