Fans of Microsoft Office are anxiously awaiting the release of Office 2013, which will hopefully arrive early in the year. Microsoft is equally anxious for users to get ahold of it, so for a limited time, you can get it for no charge!
If you purchase Office 2010 or Office 2011 between October 19, 2012, and April 30, 2013, you are eligible for the Microsoft Office Pre-Launch Offer.
After you install and activate Office, send an e-mail to Microsoft and they will alert you when Office 2013 is available and at that time you will be able to download and install Office 2013 for free. You have until May 31, 2013 to redeem the offer.
Office 2013 improvements include changes to the User interface and support for touch-based Windows 8 tablets. Touch features will permit swiping, pinch and zoom to read documents and the ability to write with a finger or stylus. If you write an email by hand, Office 2013 automatically converts it to text.
Office On Demand allows users access to a full version of Office from anywhere by streaming a full-featured Office application to any internet-connected PC running Windows 7 and Windows 8. Through SkyDrive, the user has access to all of their documents.
Composing and reading Word documents in the 2013 version will be much easier. Word’s new onscreen Read Mode reflows text automatically in columns to fit a particular device screen and the pinch-to-zoom option is helpful as well. PDFs can now be edited without losing the formatting.
A new alignment guide assists with accurate placement of charts, photos, and diagrams within the text. The live layout tool also lets you preview how images will appear in documents as you drag them through various pages. Adding video to a document is possible as well. Online video is now supported in Word 2013, so content that has been embedded into a document is playable within it as long as an internet connection is present. You can add video from Bing Video, YouTube, or via a video embed code.
Excel has also been amped up with new features. The Flash Fill option will reformat and rearrange data automatically based on pattern recognition within your data.
A new Quick Trend feature will provide a chart that analyzes historical time series data, and a new Excel Add-in scans spreadsheets for errors, broken links, and inconsistencies.
The enhanced Presenter View in Power Point makes it easier to zoom in on a diagram, chart or other detail that you want to emphasize to your audience. Social Media junkies will appreciate that images from Facebook, Flickr, and other services can be inserted directly into the program without having to save them first. You can also import pictures through SkyDrive, SharePoint and Office Clip Art.
A great improvement to Outlook is Exchange ActiveSync support which allows Contacts, Mail, and Calendar appointments to be synced in Outlook without the need for a full Exchange server. A new Peeks feature lets you take a look at your schedule or a specific appointment with a contact without switching views. there’s also a MailTips feature that shows you if someone is available to receive your email or if you mentioned an attachment in your email but forgot to actually attach it.
In summary, Microsoft Office 2013 has many exciting new features to enhance your company’s productivity. For more information on this product and others that can positively influence your business, call Teltek today! We are a Microsoft Certified Partner and skilled in identifying ways to help make your life easier with technology.
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