How the new Microsoft Office will change the way we work


Next year will see the shipping of Office 2013, the latest instalment in the illustrious productivity suite from Microsoft. As ever, the revision will bring with it new features and new possibilities; the IT blogosphere has been covering it in detail and companies around the world are making way for the upcoming changes. Here is a quick look at some of the key areas in which Office 2013 will leave its mark.

If all goes to plan, the suite will be responsible for putting SkyDrive, Microsoft’s cloud service, at the heart of your digital operations. Office 2013 is designed to make use of SkyDrive as an integral component, allowing the service to become a regular part of day-to-day office work after a period of receiving criticism from some quarters for underuse.

Many of the suite’s new innovations are ingenious in their simplicity. From now on, it will be possible to edit PDF files in Word – something that will open up new possibilities when it comes to using this sometimes fiddly format. Office 2013 users will even be able to paste video clips from sites such as YouTube into their PDF documents.

It is not just Word which has been improved in the latest version of Office. Excel has been tweaked to allow for simpler use while creating spreadsheets, and PowerPoint now has a feature allowing users on different computers to collaborate on a single presentation file.

Office 2013 will also take on board the existence of new hardware. Many of its features are designed with touch-screen and stylus interfaces in mind, possibly aiding the usage of the suite on mobile devices. Is support of stylus usage may prove particularly useful: with Office 2013, you will be able to write and draw directly onto the screen, opening up new levels of intuitive use. A combination of a touch-screen with a large display, meanwhile, will be of obvious benefit to presentations: the speaker will be able to switch slides with a flick of the hand.

The suite is aiming to make full use of the ongoing social network revolution. One of its new features is Yammer, a business-focused social network designed to integrate with various Microsoft programmes. Microsoft has also been working on building a smooth interface between Office programmes and Skype.

Office has been given a fresh new makeover since its last iteration. Amongst the new elements of its design, however, is the controversial “Office ribbon”, which will not be to the tastes of many users.

On the whole, Microsoft Office 2013 contains a range of new features that will have a positive impact on the day-to-day lives of office workers everywhere. Every year we see new developments in the field of information technology, and the new edition of Microsoft’s suite is a perfect example of this.


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