Microsoft Office 2013 Launches Later Today

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News Posted: Tue, Jan 29 2013 2:35 AM
My, how time flies. It seems like just yesterday we were taking the wraps off of our shiny new copy of Office 2010, and now it appears that Office 2013 will grace us with its presence shortly. According to the official teasers on Twitter, Microsoft is planning announce Office 2013 from Bryant Park, New York later today with the (large, orange) key themes being “amaze”, “create” “imagine”, and “explore”.

Microsoft hit the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) mark with the latest version of its ubiquitous software in October, and some users got a lengthy firsthand look at the Office 2013 Professional Plus edition in November.

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There are new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access. All are included in the Professional version, which will cost $399.99, and the Home and Student versions will do without Outlook, Publisher, and Access and will run users $139.99. Users can also opt for a $99 Office 365 subscription, which can cover up to five computers and offers 20GB of space on SkyDrive, 60 free minutes of Skype calls, and puts Publisher and Access back on the table.

In any case, we’ll all know more when Microsoft shows off Office 2013 and its new features later in New York.
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3vi1 replied on Tue, Jan 29 2013 7:22 AM

This doesn't look promising:

Excel: Only one change - To prevent you from accidentally turning off animations. Because, they know how much we love our animated spreadsheets. Also, I just now learned you can have animations in spreadsheets.

Powerpoint: Only one change - Removed the ability to save presentations as HTML. I guess because, HTML is a standard.

Word: Removed seven features, and hid some of the existing features by moving them around.  Because the ribbon was perfect.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?


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scolaner replied on Tue, Jan 29 2013 10:31 AM

Well, I guess it won't take long to explore then. ;)

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digitaldd replied on Wed, Jan 30 2013 9:30 AM

Hmm $100/yr = $8.33/mo for Microsoft Office subscription. If Hosted Exchange and Skype VOIP service were included in that it could be interesting for small business and would be priced similarly to Google's App Engine.

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