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Author:   walnuts
Date:   Dec 16, 12 at 6:58pm (PST)
Subject:   Office 2013
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So, has anyone here got their hands on Office 2013 yet? If so, what do you think? Is it an imporvement, or is it not your style?

We just got it here at work, and I must say, it is...interesting. Certainly more visually appealing and I haven't found any performance issues as of yet (in fact, it is much faster and slicker in my subjective opinion) so yeah, it appears to be pretty good. The option to save directly in to your SkyDrive is also very appealing (and with 7GB of free storage, why wouldn't you!?!).

I don't like the fact they got rid of the picture editor...it was perfect for quickly editing and cropping pictures before sharing them with friends, but they removed it from the Office suite



Author:   harhis23
Date:   Dec 16, 12 at 10:40pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Office 2013
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Yeah, I got my hands on it already as our office just upgraded from the previous version. I couldn't say it's faster because for me, I think it causes lags on my system. However, when it comes to physical features and designs, it is perfect!



Author:   Chekkaa
Date:   Dec 16, 12 at 10:42pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Office 2013
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I miss Office 2003, personally. I'm definitely not a fan of the minimalist/tablet interfaces and "ribbons" and whatnot that Microsoft has been pushing into their products over the past few years. I don't think "slick", I think "great, now I need to find where everything is again, and it's going to take more clicks".



Author:   Aurora
Date:   Dec 17, 12 at 12:13pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Office 2013
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Disclaimer: I've only used the preview version, not the release.

I preferred the UI for Office 2010 — 2013's ribbon looks a bit too dull and needs some more borders to distinguish groups, in my opinion. The animations in 2013 are great, though. Cloud integration in 2013 works really nicely, and integration is seamless (like iCloud+iWork) but also flexible (unlike iCloud+iWork).

Chekka: The ribbon can hardly be called "minimalist," but despite my initial frustrations, I much prefer it to the old UI, particularly now that it's fully customisable. It makes me want to use Office over alternatives like OpenOffice. It was only a matter of time before MS abolished the abomination that was the old Office UI, i.e. a ton of cluttered menus, and a ton of cluttered toolbars containing a ton of icons. It made no sense except to those who had it burnt into their brains through years of use.



Author:   harbin
Date:   Dec 17, 12 at 1:16pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Office 2013
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The Ribbon I actually prefer using, it makes things easier and quicker after you got used to it.

From what I've read, aren't they meant to be turning it subscription based or are they just offering a cloud/subscription one?

I'll probably give it a preview though since my trial version of 2010 has ran out of rearms. Could've made it easier to grab the 64bit version of the trial program though.

EDIT: With the cloud features, whilst I understand it's meant to make things easier especially if you move computers quite alot, in Office itself not sure if it's a feature I want. Not entirely sure if I'll be able to install my copies of Visio 2007 alongside it though.

BTW thanks Microsoft for not giving me the option of where to install the bastard thing.

The UI has gone backwards. The layout is largely the same as 2010 but I don't like how they've styled it. There is less distinction between things.



Author:   Aurora
Date:   Dec 17, 12 at 1:22pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Office 2013
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I haven't looked into it in great detail, harbin, but as far as I know, you can still buy Office 2013 separately, but you get it alongside (some?) Office 365 (that's the cloud service) subscriptions as well.



Author:   walnuts
Date:   Dec 17, 12 at 2:18pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Office 2013
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quote Aurora
I haven't looked into it in great detail, harbin, but as far as I know, you can still buy Office 2013 separately, but you get it alongside (some?) Office 365 (that's the cloud service) subscriptions as well.
I've seen that installed alongside my copy, but I haven't figured out how to use it yet, or if it's just enabled automatically in the background or something. Don't know, but it's certainly installed on my system with the rest of the Office suite.



Author:   harbin
Date:   Dec 17, 12 at 5:49pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Office 2013
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It gives you the option of signing in with your Outlook/Hotmail account so I assume you can save it to the Skydrive, download a local copy and a background service will sync them. From what I understand Office 365 is an online, cloud hoested one probably like Google Docs.



Author:   walnuts
Date:   Dec 17, 12 at 7:46pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Office 2013
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quote harbin
It gives you the option of signing in with your Outlook/Hotmail account so I assume you can save it to the Skydrive, download a local copy and a background service will sync them. From what I understand Office 365 is an online, cloud hoested one probably like Google Docs.
Ah ok, gotchya. In that case, looks like it is enabled automatically in the background. Just sign in with your Outlook account and BAM, all setup. Great functionality, potentially very awesome for the student (university or otherwise) that is moving around a lot, and it is all saved in the cloud.



Author:   Devon123
Date:   Jan 05, 13 at 10:14pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Office 2013
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Hi, Office 2013 goes Modern, syncs to the cloud and adds various useful new features. It create attractive auction listing easily. Microsoft's refreshed their productivity suite sports a major design.



Author:   Northern49
Date:   Jan 19, 13 at 2:18pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Office 2013
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I'd still rely on Google Docs more than anything. Office has a lot of great features, but its more than what I think most people need, especially if its a product and service you need to pay for.



Author:   harbin
Date:   Jan 19, 13 at 3:34pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Office 2013
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^ Not when you get it for £8 it ain't.



Author:   Northern49
Date:   Jan 21, 13 at 8:31am (PST)
Subject:   re: Office 2013
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How are you getting it for that price?

The $140 Office 2013 Home and Student version includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. The $220 Home & Business edition adds Outlook, and the $400 Office 2013 Professional package throws in Publisher and Access. Not only are those prices a bit higher than for comparable versions of Office 2010, but they also cover just one installation--and Microsoft isn't going to offer discounted prices for multiple stand-alone installations. (Right now, for example, you can still get a three-license version of Home and Student 2010 for $150, or only $30 more than a single-license copy.)



Author:   harbin
Date:   Jan 21, 13 at 9:18am (PST)
Subject:   re: Office 2013
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quote Northern49
How are you getting it for that price?

The $140 Office 2013 Home and Student version includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. The $220 Home & Business edition adds Outlook, and the $400 Office 2013 Professional package throws in Publisher and Access. Not only are those prices a bit higher than for comparable versions of Office 2010, but they also cover just one installation--and Microsoft isn't going to offer discounted prices for multiple stand-alone installations. (Right now, for example, you can still get a three-license version of Home and Student 2010 for $150, or only $30 more than a single-license copy.)
There was a deal on that Nagare kindly linked to. Not sure if the code is still active but apparently a Hotmail account and a programme code got me Office Professional Plus for £8. Was Microsoft's Home Use Programme. Don't think they were meant to let me have it but the code worked so technically I was eligible.

AFAIK not even out on general retail yet but hey I have the program and it works completely fine. I assure you, there is nothing illegal here officer.

It's a bigger gaffe than Adobe putting up CS2 Master Collection and a bunch of keys on their website for people to download with notice that it ain't meant to be for them.



Author:   Nagare
Date:   Jan 21, 13 at 2:38am (PST)
Subject:   re: Office 2013
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Yeah, I grabbed the Professional Plus version for a nice $10, but sadly that deal has been over for a few days. The installer also works for installation on two PCs, not just one.

So far, it is pretty much exactly the same as Office 2010 in my eyes, just with caps lock ribbon titles and some nice animations. The overall aesthetic (other than caps lock ribbon titles) looks pretty nice to me.


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