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After much excitement, Microsoft has announced Office 2013 and that the new platform will bring the Metro design language to the popular productivity suite. Microsoft made the announcement today in San Francisco and is also announcing that the Office 2013 preview is available for download. 

As you would imagine, the update brings sweeping enhancements across the board for the new platform as it has been nearly three years since Microsoft last pushed out a major release in 2010. Following in the path of the previous releases, Office 2013 is right on time with the two previous platforms launching in 2007 and 2010. 

Office at Its Best on Windows 8
 

Touch everywhere. 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.

Inking. 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.

 
Office Is in the Cloud
 
SkyDrive. Office saves documents to SkyDrive by default, so your content is always available across your tablet, PC and phone. Your documents are also available offline and sync when you reconnect.
 
Roaming. Once signed in to Office, your personalized settings, including your most recently used files, templates and even your custom dictionary, roam with you across virtually all of your devices. Office even remembers where you last left off and brings you right back to that spot in a single click.
 
Office on Demand. With a subscription, you can access Office even when you are away from your PC by streaming full-featured applications to an Internet-connected Windows-based PC.
 
New subscription services. The new Office is available as a cloud-based subscription service. As subscribers, consumers automatically get future upgrades in addition to exciting cloud services including Skype world minutes and extra SkyDrive storage. Subscribers receive multiple installs for everyone in the family and across their devices.
 
Office Is Social
 
Yammer. Yammer delivers a secure, private social network for businesses. You can sign up for free and begin using social networking instantly. Yammer offers integration with SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics.
 
Stay connected. Follow people, teams, documents and sites in SharePoint. View and embed pictures, videos and Office content in your activity feeds to stay current and update your colleagues.
 
People Card. Have an integrated view of your contacts everywhere in Office. The People Card includes presence information complete with pictures, status updates, contact information and activity feeds from Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.
 
Skype. The new Office comes with Skype. When you subscribe, you get 60 minutes of Skype world minutes every month. Integrate Skype contacts into Lync and call or instant message anyone on Skype.
 
Office Unlocks New Scenarios
 
Digital note-taking. Keep your notes handy in the cloud and across multiple devices with OneNote. Use what feels most natural to you — take notes with touch, pen or keyboard, or use them together and switch easily back and forth.
 
Reading and markup. The Read Mode in Word provides a modern and easy-to-navigate reading experience that automatically adjusts for large and small screens. Zoom in and out of content, stream videos within documents, view revision marks and use touch to turn pages.
 
Meetings. PowerPoint features a new Presenter View that privately shows your current and upcoming slides, presentation time, and speaker notes in a single glance. While presenting, you can zoom, mark up and navigate your slides with touch and stylus. Lync includes multiparty HD video with presentations, shared OneNote notebooks and a virtual whiteboard for collaborative brainstorming.
 
Eighty-two-inch touch-enabled displays. Conduct more engaging meetings, presentations and lessons, whether in person or virtually, with these multitouch and stylus-enabled displays from Perceptive Pixel.
 

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Don't believe Office 2013 when it says it will keep your Office 2010 programs. It deleted my Outlook 2010 and I was forced to use Outlook 2013. Until I uninstalled Office 2013 of course, and then had to reinstall Outlook 2010.

Couldn't see any useful new features. I don't post my documents or spreadsheets to facebook. Other than that, Office 2013 is just a new theme of Office 2010 and an ugly one at that. For the first time in over a decade, I won't be buying OFFICE the day it comes out. I"ll skip this one completely.

Tommy Wilde said,
Don't believe Office 2013 when it says it will keep your Office 2010 programs. It deleted my Outlook 2010 and I was forced to use Outlook 2013. Until I uninstalled Office 2013 of course, and then had to reinstall Outlook 2010.

Couldn't see any useful new features. I don't post my documents or spreadsheets to facebook. Other than that, Office 2013 is just a new theme of Office 2010 and an ugly one at that. For the first time in over a decade, I won't be buying OFFICE the day it comes out. I"ll skip this one completely.

All I will say is it's a Customer Preview, not RTM!!!!

soooo... does anyone know how to actually view the key? it just shows as all X's... and when i click "print key" it just prints the webpage.

The 365 installer said it couldn't verify signatures no matter how many different ways I tried to download it so it's off to Technet. I'm not sure what I think about the idea of a subscription model and hope they'll be a "pay to own" version too. That's just me, though.

--Win 8 RP

I'm trying to install Office 365 using the Click to Run installer and it's just sitting there at "0% - Configuring..." Any ideas what I can do to get it to install? Running Windows 7 x64 with Office 2010 x86.

EDIT: And now it just failed saying couldn't install - without giving any error messages! :@

At first glance, it does not look touch friendly at all. Will try it out over Teamviewer on my iPad tonight and see. Not the best way to test, I know, but it should give a fair idea.

Also the Metro look..........the flat icons and interface looks as if it is a graphic corruption with missing elements. Not at all pleasing. That's just me though.

I don't get it. Is this the preview of Office 2013 Suite or Office 365 Cloud-based service? TechSpot mentions it as "Microsoft announces Cloud-based Office 365, downloadable preview available"

Mazhar said,
I don't get it. Is this the preview of Office 2013 Suite or Office 365 Cloud-based service? TechSpot mentions it as "Microsoft announces Cloud-based Office 365, downloadable preview available"

Both. If you go to the website, you'll probably accidentally install the Office 365 version. It's the 480kb install file. The Office 2013 suite is the 600+mb install file.

Am I the only one who can't install it? I tried to install it using the Click-to-Run and it said it needed to close applications. I tried letting it shut down my applications, but then it still didn't work. So I restarted my computer, and the same error happens. I tried uninstalling and it says "Cannot uninstall". I tried repairing and it says "Cannot repair". Now I'm stuck with a broken installation and I can't fix it.

I ended up fixing it by doing a system restore, then being careful that I did have any conflicting applications open when I installed.

NerdyTech said,
Finally... IMAP only accounts in outlook with no data file! Whoohoo!

IMAP was supported in Outlook 2010 - only since Windows 8 am I NOT using Outlook as my default with GMail, and that is because Windows own Mail/RT supports IMAP, but not POP3.

Renvy said,
Am I the only one who's word keeps crashing everytime i choose an empty document to start.

I had a couple of crashes with outlook but that was just some plugins from 2010 trying to still work. disable any plugins or do it one by one.

Downloaded, cant even get past the 'accept' screen on Windows 7. Great to see such a fine well polished product that wont even install ^5 Microsoft

LOL watching the video it plays when you install. "It's easy to keep your documents SAFELY ONLINE." Isn't that an oxymoron?

Darrian said,
LOL watching the video it plays when you install. "It's easy to keep your documents SAFELY ONLINE." Isn't that an oxymoron?

Not really, in general its true as MS's azure platform is much more resilient to data loss than the majority of users single hard disk and no backup setups. Of course if you have your own RAID based (1/5/10 etc.) setup along with backup in place then its not 100% true, but your house could still burn down

Oh and lets not forget the old password issue, strong password - sorted!

I wouldn't call having a password being sorted. Putting anything on the internet is inherently not secure. Anything you might consider sensitive is better kept on your own computer with a backup stored in a secure location. Having SkyDrive integrated into Office is a great idea. Having it set as the default save location is a horrible one.

Got a install problem, I uninstalled office 2010 restarted computer, I get a error message that says I need to uninstall "MS Access database engine 2010"

How is this done?

thank you for your time.

Seems very nice so far...except for the changes to Outlook.

For some reason the new Metro twist seems to work well on everything except Outlook. It's like there's just too much white...it's hard to tell where things start and end. And the new navigation bar on the bottom is just weird. If they moved it to the top it might make more sense...

JonathanMarston said,
Seems very nice so far...except for the changes to Outlook.

For some reason the new Metro twist seems to work well on everything except Outlook. It's like there's just too much white...it's hard to tell where things start and end. And the new navigation bar on the bottom is just weird. If they moved it to the top it might make more sense...

No. Word has way too much white space...

I installed office 2013 32bit since I forgot to choose the option for 64bit I am using w7 x64 that I have it installed, But when I buy it once is release I will install the 64 bit one.

SpyCatcher said,
Need a expert opinion please.

I use 64 bit OS which should I install?

32 bit

or

64 bit

Since I use no 32-bit plugins, and run x64 Windows (8 Release Preview), I went x64 with nary a quibble.

Does anyone know if addons will still work in Outlook 2013? im mainly thinking of the iCloud one for Calendar syncing

Shikaka said,
Does anyone know if addons will still work in Outlook 2013? im mainly thinking of the iCloud one for Calendar syncing

GoToMeeting seemed to carry over just fine.

what's the pricing for office on cloud 2013/office 360??
price for small business is $4/month. enterprise is $6,$8 and $22 depending on the subscription. How much for home premium online version? $3/month???

Aww... Hotmail accounts in Outlook don't bring over subscribed calendars like the Outlook 2010 Hotmail Connector does. Back to 2010 for now. Hopefully they fix it for RTM.

ChrisJ1968 said,
anyone know "roughly" what the pricing will be or hasn't that been decided yet by MS?

I am curious about this as well. I will take the home premium since it includes both Word and outlook.

Possession said,
Where can I get the full installer? As Word 2013 crashes on launch with C2R.

You don't need a full installer unless you want to install on a PC not connected to the internet. The web installer will stream Office, but it will download the entire suite in the background. you can, thus, use Office while it installs, but once the installer completes in the background, the apps will become faster and you will be able to use them offline.

Is anyone else experiencing problems installing it? It downloads the installer, but once I launch the installer the installer doesn't open? (Using Windows 8 Release Preview)

j2006 said,
Is anyone else experiencing problems installing it? It downloads the installer, but once I launch the installer the installer doesn't open? (Using Windows 8 Release Preview)

Nyet - I actually did the install *during* the webcast (C2R ProPlus x64 on 8RP x64) and have Outlook 2013 and both Word 2010 and Word 2013 all running at once.

Kaos DComo said,
Outlook is usually the only application that CANNOT be installed alongside a different version.

Actually, that is no longer true - they can't both RUN at once (that remains true); however, they can both remain installed. If you want to start Outlook 2010 (or earlier), Outlook 2013 must not be running.

Is there anyway to test Office 2013 side by side with Office 2010? I use Outlook 2010 as my default mail client - If I send/receive any email through Outlook 2013, will it replicate to Outlook 2010?

Thanks in advance

ady199 said,
Is there anyway to test Office 2013 side by side with Office 2010? I use Outlook 2010 as my default mail client - If I send/receive any email through Outlook 2013, will it replicate to Outlook 2010?

Thanks in advance

Choose the C2R version (the default) and you can side-by-side (except Outlook - you can't run both versions of Outlook at the same time); I currently have Outlook 2013 and both Word 2010 and Word 2013 running.

ady199 said,
Is there anyway to test Office 2013 side by side with Office 2010? I use Outlook 2010 as my default mail client - If I send/receive any email through Outlook 2013, will it replicate to Outlook 2010?

Thanks in advance

On their website it states:

"Yes, you can install and use the Preview version alongside an existing version of Office 2003, Office 2007, or Office 2010. "

I installed the x64 version from Technet. Pretty slick indeed. I'll have to play around with Word to see what new stuff it has.

nslig said,
What's the download size (I need to know for the ClickOnce version). Is it under 100 meg?

Under 100mb? Seriously?

kiddingguy said,
Which version is recommendable.... 32 or 64 bit on a Win 8 64bit machine?

32-bit is recommended even for a 64-bit OS. This prevents possible incompatibility with 3rd party stuff.

LightEco said,

32-bit is recommended even for a 64-bit OS. This prevents possible incompatibility with 3rd party stuff.

Since I have no x32 plugins, I installed x64, and am running side-by-side with 2010 x64. The same was true with Office 2010 x64, so this is far from news there.

PGHammer said,

Since I have no x32 plugins, I installed x64, and am running side-by-side with 2010 x64. The same was true with Office 2010 x64, so this is far from news there.

This also applies to embedded media in PowerPoint. Ex. QuickTime is 32bit only, so to link/embed a quick time movie file, you have to be running 32bit.

kiddingguy said,
Which version is recommendable.... 32 or 64 bit on a Win 8 64bit machine?

I've been using the X64 edition of Office 2010 since it was released, no problems here.

Jason Stillion said,

This also applies to embedded media in PowerPoint. Ex. QuickTime is 32bit only, so to link/embed a quick time movie file, you have to be running 32bit.


It's been a while since I hear someone embedding Quicktime in PowerPoint.

Jason Stillion said,
Technet has beta / full download versions.
And the preview of project and visio 2013

Thanks uninstalled the office 365 2013 preview and I am installing the full version.

I am still impressed about the download speeds.

Dot Matrix said,
Also, those claiming you can't be productive with touch, Office 2013 disagrees.

Does it? It's hardly the most touch-optimised interface. Some of the buttons in the Ribbon toolbar are far too tiny.

Dot Matrix said,
Also, those claiming you can't be productive with touch, Office 2013 disagrees.

You've managed to do extensive testing in the hour since the beta has been released to reach that conclusion?

.Neo said,

You've managed to do extensive testing in the hour since the beta has been released to reach that conclusion?

It's Metro enabled. Given his previous, that's probably enough to make it awesome on it's own. Still, at least it's also being provided in desktop form.

Zlip792 said,
How can I install x64??? It is giving me error than it can't install with your current Office x64..

Click Language and install options under the install button. There you can select 64-bit.

Zlip792 said,
How can I install x64??? It is giving me error than it can't install with your current Office x64..

I had the some problem. There is a button that says "other systems and language". Click it and select your platform and language.

Terracotta said,

I had the some problem. There is a button that says "other systems and language". Click it and select your platform and language.

Thanks, got it...

LightEco said,

Click Language and install options under the install button. There you can select 64-bit.


Thanks for the help..

if you didn't see this you better read it now!
Note: The Office 365 Preview is for testing purposes only. All configuration data, user data, and user accounts that were created while testing will be deleted when the preview ends.

Jbenisek said,
if you didn't see this you better read it now!
Note: The Office 365 Preview is for testing purposes only. All configuration data, user data, and user accounts that were created while testing will be deleted when the preview ends.

I wonder why not let testers save a pst file.......

Jbenisek said,
if you didn't see this you better read it now!
Note: The Office 365 Preview is for testing purposes only. All configuration data, user data, and user accounts that were created while testing will be deleted when the preview ends.

Well I don't mind they resetting my settings and stuff

nesl247 said,

You can't have part 32 and part 64 bit installations. Also if you want to use the MSI installer, you'll have to uninstall all of Office manually before you attempt to install 2013.

I just removed the access database thing that was 32bit and it installed fine over 64bit 2010

Detection said,

I just removed the access database thing that was 32bit and it installed fine over 64bit 2010


Odd, their FAQ stated you have to uninstall it first.

nesl247 said,

Odd, their FAQ stated you have to uninstall it first.

As with all previous versions of Office, the installer removes the older versions for you. The FAQ may have stated older versions need to be uninstalled, but does it say you personally have to uninstall them?

nesl247 said,

Odd, their FAQ stated you have to uninstall it first.

My bad, turns out it installed 365 not 2013, uninstalled everything and downloaded the full 2013 from MSDN instead

the link shows the name of product "Microsoft Office 365 proplus/enterprise/Small Business Premium !!!
is it the same office 2013 (MS Office 15)?

bodmas said,
the link shows the name of product "Microsoft Office 365 proplus/enterprise/Small Business Premium !!!
is it the same office 2013 (MS Office 15)?


It isn't. All of those are using Click to Run which means it will only download the applications in the specific version.

Wow did that install fast. Finished installing on my windows 8 desktop and my windows 7 desktop. Microsofts servers are not bogged down yet.

majortom1981 said,
Wow did that install fast. Finished installing on my windows 8 desktop and my windows 7 desktop. Microsofts servers are not bogged down yet.

It's streaming, ClickToRun. You'll notice that all applications start up extremely slow.

Ambroos said,

It's streaming, ClickToRun. You'll notice that all applications start up extremely slow.

Could be. Maybe because I have a fast connection at work. I hope there is a non streaming version available at launch

Ambroos said,

It's streaming, ClickToRun. You'll notice that all applications start up extremely slow.

They start up slowly at first. In the meantime, it finishes installing in the background. And while it's installing, you can use the Office apps.

After it completely finished, the seem to start very quickly on my machine... and this is one of my older machines. Word 2013 opens faster than Word 2010.

Jbenisek said,
what if you are already on Office 365 can you covert over?

NO YOU CAN'T you have to create a new account. Plus
Note: The Office 365 Preview is for testing purposes only. All configuration data, user data, and user accounts that were created while testing will be deleted when the preview ends.

Jbenisek said,

NO YOU CAN'T you have to create a new account. Plus
Note: The Office 365 Preview is for testing purposes only. All configuration data, user data, and user accounts that were created while testing will be deleted when the preview ends.

Well, I have an office 365 account, I installed Outlook and my mail account was automatically added. I downloaded some test emails, closed Outlook 2013, opened Outlook 2010 and the emails appeared so I assume that at the end of the trial Office 2013 will not erase my pre-existing Exchange account.

Ambroos said,
ClickToRun :< DO NOT WANT. I want a full setup file to install it properly.

.

Edited by Ryster, Jul 16 2012, 8:40pm :

Ambroos said,
ClickToRun :< DO NOT WANT. I want a full setup file to install it properly.

The idea is to let you install the app quickly even on a computer that isn't yours, then deactivate it when you are done. Pretty cool actually.

dagamer34 said,

The idea is to let you install the app quickly even on a computer that isn't yours, then deactivate it when you are done. Pretty cool actually.

It seems to work very well.

Terracotta said,
Can it run on Windows 7?

Edit: yeah...it appears to work...

Erm... tried the download from both Chrome and IE9, it launches to OfficeSetup.exe in task manager but it just sits there using 2mb of RAM and never loads a setup page... what gives?

SkinAddict said,

Erm... tried the download from both Chrome and IE9, it launches to OfficeSetup.exe in task manager but it just sits there using 2mb of RAM and never loads a setup page... what gives?

click again and wait for it to launch...it takes a while to pop up and then you'll se a dialouge box that says "connecting your account". just wait it out, man.

what's the pricing for office on cloud 2013/office 360??
price for small business is $4/month. enterprise is $6,$8 and $22 depending on the subscription. How much for home premium online version? $3/month???

Terracotta said,
Can it run on Windows 7?

Edit: yeah...it appears to work...

but can you run multiple versions of office? (i don't want to lose my 2010 copy)

jasonon said,
but can you run multiple versions of office? (i don't want to lose my 2010 copy)

No!!! I had to reformat because it messed everything up!! Use it in a virtual machine!!