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Finally, it’s here. The new Office suite. Microsoft Office 2013!

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At the Mindbite office we’ve been running Office 2013 Preview since its release in July. Two weeks ago, Microsoft finished the code and it was released to manufacturing (RTM). As a Microsoft Gold Partner we receive their products earlier than the consumers. At first we were informed that we would get our hands on the RTM-version in November, but we were surprised when Microsoft released it to us yesterday.

All Office 2013 applications (Word, Excel, Outlook etc.) has a beautiful and clean design. They have also put a lot of effort into Cloud integration. Working with files and notes on SharePoint or SkyDrive works like a charm.

 

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The new icons from my most used Office applications. Looking good!

 

Installation

Installation is as easy as usual, and takes only a few minutes. Product activation has been expanded with other options than the usual product keys.

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The Windows 8 Start Screen with Office 2013 applications

This is my Start Screen. There isn’t a lot of focus beyond Visual Studio and Office ;)

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Screenshots from some of the applications

Notice that little smiley face in the applications? I don’t know if it’s remains from my old installation of Office 2013 Preview. We’ll see after my next reboot. It shouldn’t be there anyway.

Microsoft Word 2013

Word

Microsoft Excel 2013

Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint 2013

PowerPoint

Microsoft Outlook 2013

Outlook

Closing comments

I love the new Office. This is a product update you should consider buying when it’s released.

By the way, Microsoft has also released the following products in the Office Family; SharePoint Server 2013, Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, Visio 2013 and Project 2013.

With the release of Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012, this is year to remember. It’s probably the biggest release year in Microsoft history. And they have done it with honors!

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