Microsoft: "Millions" have downloaded Office 2013 preview

Microsoft launched the consumer preview version of Office 2013 in mid-July, offering the world the first public build of Microsoft's next version of its office productivity tools. Today, a new press release promoting Office 2013 claimed that "millions of people have downloaded the Customer Preview." The company did not get any more specific on its download numbers.

The press release also showcased a slide show which attempted to show some of the new features Microsoft has put into Office 2013, including a connection to Microsoft's SkyDrive service, the ability to both read and edit PDF files in Word 2013 and its touch screen support.

A version of Office 2013 is supposed to be pre-loaded into all Windows RT devices, including Microsoft's own upcoming Surface tablet, although its likely to be just a preview version rather than the final software. Microsoft is expected to launch the final version of Office 2013 sometime in the first quarter of 2013, a few months after the launch of Windows 8.

One item that has been spotted in preview versions of Office 2013 that has been turned off, at least so far, is SkyDrive Pro. So far, Microsoft has yet to comment on this feature, which on the surface sounds like an upgraded version of SkyDrive with more features.

Source: Microsoft press release | Image via Microsoft

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Must have been asleep when the 2013 cp came out ... I'll give it a try .. it wont eat up my Office 2007 will it ?

Tai said,
Must have been asleep when the 2013 cp came out ... I'll give it a try .. it wont eat up my Office 2007 will it ?
Office 2013 doesn't replace existing Office versions since it's a Click-to-Run installation by default.

I'm using it full time. I wish Outlook would pull in shared calendars from my outlook.com account, but I'm sure that will be fixed for a beta refresh or whatever they might call it.

I gave it ago on my Windows 8 consumer preview install, could take it or leave it to be honest with what i use Office for.

The white theme it has going on is hideous though, i found it vary hard to look at and actually use for long periods of time.

drazgoosh said,
Prefer it to the 2010 version. Not many more features but it is "slicker"

I think it's the other way around

drazgoosh said,
Prefer it to the 2010 version. Not many more features but it is "slicker"

On my Tablet is slower than 2010 but is still beta of course. I am not sure I like all this white though, it seems to stress my eyes.

SkyDrive Pro isn't turned off, it just only works if you have a SharePoint connected account - as has been said it's basically the replacement / rebrand for SharePoint Workspace.

I'm using it a lot, however, there are a few things they need to fix before launch.

'One item that has been spotted in preview versions of Office 2013 that has been turned off, at least so far, is SkyDrive Pro."

This is a SharePoint feature that will replace SharePoint Workspace.

gullygod said,
I'm using it a lot, however, there are a few things they need to fix before launch.

'One item that has been spotted in preview versions of Office 2013 that has been turned off, at least so far, is SkyDrive Pro."

This is a SharePoint feature that will replace SharePoint Workspace.


Let them fix the shining white and we all be set