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#46 Jose_49

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 13:01

+ PowerPoint slides finally moving to 16:9 aspect ratio

16:9 aspect ration has been available since loooooong time ago.

You could go to the design tab, and at the left-most icon (if I don't badly remember) you could switch between a variety of aspect ratios including 16:10


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Posted 17 July 2012 - 13:11

I had a discussion with a friend over that yesterday. We both agreed it should be made that way in Windows 8. Who knows, it might be in the RTM version.

With Office 2013 preview being released yesterday, I finally pushed myself to move from Gmail to Office 365. It's that nice, and I can't wait until Office 365 is updated at the end of the year.


Although it would probably never get passed on to the Windows team, and it might be too late, I clicked the smiley face and noted that I loved this, hoping that they might be able to squeeze it in as a last minute feature if they haven't already done it :)

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 13:14

No I'd rather have software to instal on the PC that can work without internet access all the time.

But! I guess when I get a new PC and it comes pre-installed it will have to do.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 13:22

What has happened with cleartype? They're now using some grayscale text smoothing. The UI needs some colour added to it, it currently looks so bland.

#50 George P

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 15:20

I hear some people saying the ribbon is bigger now? Maybe you've turned on the new touch mode which spaces the ribbon buttons out more? I don't think the 2013 ribbon should be any bigger than the 2010 one.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 15:22

I hear some people saying the ribbon is bigger now? Maybe you've turned on the new touch mode which spaces the ribbon buttons out more? I don't think the 2013 ribbon should be any bigger than the 2010 one.

It seems slightly taller on this comparison screenshot (found via reddit):

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#52 George P

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 15:22

No I'd rather have software to instal on the PC that can work without internet access all the time.

But! I guess when I get a new PC and it comes pre-installed it will have to do.


You still do, it's just that the default links go to the online click and run installers/web installer versions. The full MSI versions are out there for you to download and use as well.

#53 HSoft

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 15:25

If you own a windows tablet then Win8 and Office 2013 should be good for you. It seems Microsoft is betting all on the mobile market and basically forgetting about the desktop market. Win8 is a terrible desktop OS and Office 2013 isn't much better. It's not designed for the desktop. Am loading Sharepoint 2013 preview just now but from what I saw (and the information that I have) Sharepoint is basically going away and is going to be cloud only soon anyway.
Microsoft is taking a gamble at the moment and I'm not convinced it's going to pay off.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 15:27

This is not how it works. It saves it to the local SkyDrive folder, which syncs through the SkyDrive app.

So you have a local copy as well as a copy on your SkyDrive. I don't see any problem at all.

Of course, the SkyDrive app itself is in its infancy, I am sure it will grow to add much more functionality by Windows 8 / Office 2013 RTM time, such as syncing multiple folders.

Overall, loving the new visuals. Thank goodness all the cheese is gone, and especially loving the full screen mode.


Add in File History and you have easy backups and previous versions of your docs.

Personally though, I will be buying a boxed/download copy. 365 doesnt give the option to create new file types with the right click menu, so that wont work for me. Otherwise, looking forward to the final.

#55 George P

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 15:28

It seems slightly taller on this comparison screenshot (found via reddit):

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It does a bit, probably because the ribbon menu is in all caps but another thing i've noticed now is that the window border is gone. I think in the end you actually have more space for your documents now, or maybe it's the same.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 15:31

I sent some feedback via the send a frown feature. I'd encourage other users to do the same, it's the only remote chance we have of them listening.

#57 George P

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 15:32

If you own a windows tablet then Win8 and Office 2013 should be good for you. It seems Microsoft is betting all on the mobile market and basically forgetting about the desktop market. Win8 is a terrible desktop OS and Office 2013 isn't much better. It's not designed for the desktop. Am loading Sharepoint 2013 preview just now but from what I saw (and the information that I have) Sharepoint is basically going away and is going to be cloud only soon anyway.
Microsoft is taking a gamble at the moment and I'm not convinced it's going to pay off.


I don't agree, sharepoint has a cloud server option but the local version isn't going to go away. If anything MS is taking lots of the new cloud services features from Azure and are adding them back into Windows Server. They know that people don't want to go all in on the cloud and have a local option, that's not going to change. I also don't see how Office 2013 isn't for the desktop, the UI is still the same just a different color scheme at this point (we could and probably will see some more themes for it like we have in 2007 and 2010). I don't get how it's changed so much that you think it's not for the desktop? You can say what you will about Windows 8 but I just don't get it with Office at this point.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 15:35

If you own a windows tablet then Win8 and Office 2013 should be good for you.

Apparently it's not even that touch-friendly.

#59 Harrison H.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 15:35

For anyone wondering what the Skydrive Pro feature is when you right click in Explorer, it's tied into SharePoint/SkyDrive. If you have an Office 365 account with SharePoint, and you go into sharepoint, you'll see the Sync to SharePoint Workspace button in the library. This will create an offline copy of that library for you. The SkyDrive Pro menu contains Browse on SharePoint, Copy Link, Share, and View Errors.

I'm sure when SkyDrive gets updated it'll support that a bit more, and I'm sure there is improved functionality when using SharePoint 2013 (instead of 2010).

#60 Ci7

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 15:36

I think because any other office themes you do see will also show up as Windows 8 themes. Notice for now how they two UIs, if you go back to that older Windows 8 screenshot from a month or so back that MS posted, they're matching (white, and lots of it). I believe that in order to fit into the UI better overall that Office 2013s themes will also come out and match with whatever they add to Windows 8 as well.


oh o.0

you mean the little theme design follow my metro? i set it plain on metero maybe that is why it is not sticking on office

as for changing color theme to match Windows that would be godly send! :D

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checked again

i found out i should be signed in to be able to theme office

Edited by Ci7, 17 July 2012 - 16:13.