Outlook 2013 gets a leaner, faster replying experience

Emails are all well and good, but with many email clients it can be cumbersome to have numerous replies open for different people. Sure, you might not need to reply to absolutely everyone at once but there are people out there who can do so. The one issue with Microsoft Outlook, generally accepted as the standard for most offices, is that replying required an entire window.

Why did it require an entire window? Why couldn't they have just done what other clients were and include a quick reply option within the email area? Whatever their reasoning, Outlook 2013 finally bucks that trend and adds a feature that remains sorely lacking in older versions of Outlook.

The public beta hasn't been too bad, since it meant the quick reply window could be tailored to fit the most common requirements among users. This is where the Customer Experience Improvement Program came in handy, since it allowed Microsoft to identify the most used functions. Guess what they did with those functions afterwards? Yup, that's right, they worked them into a quick reply box.

Outlook 2013, along with the rest of the Office suite, is available in a free public beta from the preview website.

Source: Outlook Blog

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I really like office 2013. all the people that think google docs holds any water are like people who never been out of Kansas.

Samson291 said,
Not really because its called "Outlook 2013" not "Outlook" We have Windows 7 and 8 they don't get confused

In fact it's "Outlook 2013" and "Outlook.com" for differentiation.

NerdyTech said,
Are there any public links to the RTM ? Also can you run it as a trial until it comes out?

It is available on TechNET, that is where I sourced my copy. I do not see it available in the VLSC as of yet.

cybertimber2008 said,
Pics (of Quick Reply) or it didn't happen

I think they call it Inline Reply...you can type a reply right from the message's reading pane without opening a new window.

Outlook 2013 and Excel 2013 are my main reasons for upgrading. I can't wait for it to become available to Office 365 customers.

Enron said,
Outlook 2013 and Excel 2013 are my main reasons for upgrading. I can't wait for it to become available to Office 365 customers.

Agreed.

The most notable change is that Excel 2013 is now an SDI application that allows copy-paste between windows. You no longer have to pretend like it's 1995 and use Excel as an MDI application. People with multiple monitors have been pleading for this change for *years*.

It's incredibly convenient to be able to put spreadsheets side-by-side, each on its own monitor, and copy-paste between them. That one feature is worth the upgrade all by itself.

I'm using the RTM version on this crappy laptop and it's AMAZING! It has to be the fastest version of Office I've used on this machine.

The new Office 2013 is nice and all, however the very first Excel file I tried to open gave me an out of memory error, both 32 and 64 versions. I had to roll back to 2010 to open the file, that's not good!!!

tmaxxtigger said,
The new Office 2013 is nice and all, however the very first Excel file I tried to open gave me an out of memory error, both 32 and 64 versions. I had to roll back to 2010 to open the file, that's not good!!!

You are probably using release preview or some other version. If not I recommend you to reinstall it. In my opinion excel 2013 is the fastest and nicest version of excel I have ever seen. I actually like it a lot.

S3P€hR said,

You are probably using release preview or some other version. If not I recommend you to reinstall it. In my opinion excel 2013 is the fastest and nicest version of excel I have ever seen. I actually like it a lot.

Thanks for the suggestions, but it was a clean install. I uninstalled the 64 bit version and tried the 32 bit version, same problem. Really bummed since it's pretty slick.

tmaxxtigger said,

Thanks for the suggestions, but it was a clean install. I uninstalled the 64 bit version and tried the 32 bit version, same problem. Really bummed since it's pretty slick.

Lol,

He said "Release Preview" not upgrade

On a side note though, I haven't had any issues with the RP - Upgrading to rtm today

tmaxxtigger said,
The new Office 2013 is nice and all, however the very first Excel file I tried to open gave me an out of memory error, both 32 and 64 versions. I had to roll back to 2010 to open the file, that's not good!!!

Often it turns out to be just one cell that somehow got corrupted. Try narrowing it down -- first by deleting worksheets (tabs), and then by deleting cells, until you can figure out where the problem lies. (It could also be the workbook container -- the way to test that is to create a new workbook, and then move worksheets and/or cell ranges to the workbook.)

.XLS files are, of course, harder to fix than .XLSX files. With the latter, you can always use your XML skills to poke around and see if you can't strip out the tag that's causing the problem.

tmaxxtigger said,

Thanks for the suggestions, but it was a clean install. I uninstalled the 64 bit version and tried the 32 bit version, same problem. Really bummed since it's pretty slick.

How would a clean install make a difference if it's not working due to being a Release Preview? lol.