Softpedia Editor's Review for Microsoft Office
Powerful new tools to express your ideas, solve problems, and connect with people
Written by Bogdan Popa on January 31st, 2013
Microsoft Office 2013 comes in several editions and you can purchase the one that best suits your needs. MS Office 365 University can be used on up to 2 PCs or Macs, virtually anywhere access, SkyDrive storage, and Skype world minutes. MS Office Home and Business 2013 features the latest versions of your essential Office applications (Outlook included), for one PC. Office Professional 2013 contains Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Access, Publisher, and Lync. MS Office Home and Student 2013 includes Word 2013, Excel 2013, PowerPoint 2013 and OneNote 2013.
Office is one of the best products ever released by Microsoft and it can even be considered as a must-have for millions of users out there. The Redmond-based software giant has continuously improved its Office suite, so it currently comes with a very attractive interface that keeps features a bit more organized, so that users can now benefit easier from its innovative functions.
Installing Microsoft Office might seem a little tricky, since there are a lot of tools bundled into the installation kit, so computer knowledge can come in handy when trying to deploy a fresh copy of the software. Also, copying all files usually takes a while, even in the case of fast computers, since there are a lot of files that need to be transferred on the hard disks.
Those who have not used an office suite before, be it Microsoft Office, OpenOffice or any other similar software, need to take the time to adjust to the interface. At the first glance, due to the well-known ribbon interface, the app might seem familiar.
However, upon further analysis, one can find components or functions with every mouse click, and this might seem confusing if users do not know exactly the tool they require. Experimenting with the suite is necessary to ensure smooth operation in the future.
Microsoft Office comes with several tools, as it follows: Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Access, InfoPath, OneNote, Project, SharePoint Designer and Visio. Each of these can be installed separately or together with some other utilities that can make ease office work.
Excel is ideal for creating spreadsheets and keeping track of one's finance, Outlook is the right tool to manage email, PowerPoint generates high-quality presentations, Word can be used to format and organize texts, Access is a database management system, InfoPath facilitates creation and distribution of electronic forms, whereas OneNote supports multi-user collaboration and Project, SharePoint Designer and Visio come in handy to developers.
All the functions of Microsoft Office can be tested through the 60-day trial period, and if the results are satisfactory, a license needs to be purchased.
Microsoft Office description
· CPU: 1 GHz processor
· RAM: 1GB for x32 / 2GB for x64
· HDD: 3 GB of available disk space
· DirectX 10-compatible graphics card (optional)
· .NET Framework 3.5, 4.0, or 4.5
· Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, or 10; Mozilla Firefox 10.x or a later version; Apple Safari 5; or Google Chrome 17.x.
· 60 days trial
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Office responds to touch as naturally as it does to keyboard and mouse. Swipe your finger across the screen or pinch and zoom to read your documents and presentations. Author new content and access features with the touch of a finger.
· Use a stylus to create content, take notes and access features. Handwrite email responses and convert them automatically to text. Use your stylus as a laser pointer when presenting. Color your content and erase your mistakes with ease.
New Windows 8 applications:
· OneNote and Lync represent the first new Windows 8 style applications for Office. These applications are designed to deliver touch-first experiences on a tablet. A new radial menu in OneNote makes it easy to access features with your finger.
Included in Windows RT:
· Office Home and Student 2013 RT, which contains new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote applications, will be included on ARM-based Windows 8 devices, including Microsoft Surface. ...
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