Office 2013 is Microsoft’s latest technology application software and it’s slated for release next year. Built to use new Windows 8 OS (to be released in October), Microsoft says when released it will be on subscription services and each new subscription offer will include the new 2013 editions of the Office applications — Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access.
Excitement has gathered over this new generation technology from Microsoft and CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer calls it “a new generation that brings some of the same boldness and beauty that we’ve shown you in Windows 8 and Windows Phone”. Adding “this is the most ambitious release of Microsoft Office that we’ve ever done”. Aimed as much at students, busy families and consumers as at businesses; Office 2013 promises to optimize Office Web Apps for mobile use.
John Jendrezak, Partner Group Program Manager for Microsoft Office also disclosed on the Microsoft blog that it (Microsoft Office) will be optimizing its Office Web Apps for mobile use. It is creating ‘touch-friendly’ user interface controls and a new user interface for Office 2013 in the Windows Phone 8 – which will have a ‘recent section’ that allows users access to their latest cloud-synced documents which could have been edited on a different device.
Ballmer also discussed three new offerings from Office 365 subscription services that will integrate Office 2013:
- Office 365 Home Premium — designed for families and consumers. This service also includes an additional 20 GB of SkyDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype world minutes per month.
- Office 365 Small Business Premium — designed for small businesses. This service also includes business-grade email, shared calendars, website tools and HD web conferencing.
- Office 365 ProPlus — designed for enterprise customers who want advanced business capabilities and the flexibility to deploy and manage in the cloud.
These new and revamped Office 365 editions will each include the new 2013 editions of the Office applications — Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. In addition, subscribers will receive future rights to version upgrades as well as per-use rights across up to five PCs or Macs and mobile devices.