Weekend Poll: Do you like Office 2013?

After a few weeks without a weekend poll, we're back in full swing at Neowin with the return of the poll this weekend. Earlier this week Microsoft announced the Office 2013 Customer Preview, complete with links to download and try out the next and upcoming version of Office. As mentioned there were a huge number of changes to the features and design of the Office suite, including new touch-centric features for tablets.

We want to know whether you have tried out Office 2013, and whether you like it or not. Is it better than Office 2010, or is the design too off-putting to consider upgrading from the still-strong older software? Or perhaps you haven't as yet downloaded the Preview to give it a try.

Anyway, as always you can leave your votes in the poll below and comment if you have anything further to add. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Do you like Office 2013 so far?

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There should be an "Yes, with caveats" option!

I like it for most part, except that its too white. At nights, with lights off, its almost blindingly bright. Need a dark theme, like VStudio.

There are some things I love and some things I hate. I'm still getting used to all the design changes, but I love the menu for creating new files in all the programs, and I also love a lot of the neat little touches like the new animations for the text cursor. Some of other changes to menus seem unintuitive to me, though, like the new menus for formatting an inserted picture in Word.

I haven't gotten around to try out the Customer Preview yet but as a big fan of the whole Metro-style theme I have to admit it looks pretty damn neat.

To be perfectly honest I'm very happy with Office 2007. I tried the previews for Office 2010 and 2013 but I didn't like them as much, mainly because of the visual changes. I don't dislike Office 2013 but I'd only consider upgrading if it was incredibly cheap.

For all the saying that Windows is all about choice, they would deliberately condemn *Metro* to just tablets. That's odd, especially considering that Android is no more a touch-only interface (especially Honeycomb and later) than Metro is. Also, have any of those that dislike Office 2013 tried it on Windows 7? Office is (and should be) about productivity - to be honest, 2010 didn't leave much to improve on there. The one base feature they COULD add was PDF editing - which Word 2013 adds basically silently. The Hotmail issue is due to the lack of a compatible add-in (at present) - Outlook 2010 had the same problem initially. Also, there is plenty of time for Office to clean up the UI - I just don't want the Office team breaking the improved functionality and performance for reasons of aesthetics. 2010 was faster across the board than 2007 (and I went from x32 to x64) - 2013 is faster yet.

Without a dark theme, it's pretty much unusable for me, I don't like staring at a lightbulb at work all day. If the dark theme isn't added, looks like I'll need to stick with 2010...

Other than the obscenely white theme its pretty good, I voted "Its alright" because it only feels like a marginal improvement over 2010.

I like some of the things about '13, but the bland bright white is too much for my eyes to deal with for very long. I have uninstalled it.

Love it, but they really shouldn't lose sight of what Windows is all about, choice. They NEED to give us a choice of color themes. I am used to the white space and there are a few bugs I can deal with for now, but we need color themes. People have different views, and should not have one color shoved down there throats. Period.

jimmyfal said,
Love it, but they really shouldn't lose sight of what Windows is all about, choice. They NEED to give us a choice of color themes. I am used to the white space and there are a few bugs I can deal with for now, but we need color themes. People have different views, and should not have one color shoved down there throats. Period.

I think it might integrate with Windows 8 to support color themes... the way IE10 completely changes color to match your theme in the latest leak.

Yep, though I would, as others have suggested, like a dark theme (They offered themes in 2007 and 2010, and I guess they'll do the same thing like they did with VS 2012). But yeah, it's a little bit slow, but it is beta.
Hopefully it'll work even nicer on the Windows 8 RTM.

huge improvement over 2010, used 2007 at work and now we've coverted to 2013, outlook can be a bit overwhelming though when you have a lot of folders and rules set up...

3lixir said,
it's painfully slow, excel would be unusable at work.

Odd, mine run well with the processor clock set to the lowest (around 900 mhz) and several add-on from Visual Studio. It's the offline install version, if it helps.

Enron said,
What are you running it on?

it's not my system that's the problem, it's the animations that really slow it down, fine for using at home but would really be a pain at work, luckily I don't see them updating past 2007 anytime soon though!

...... ehhhhhh its pretty much set out the same as 2007/2010 so i have no idea how it could be bad design for a desktop system

so far good ... many good new features.
But i expect ... that they should come up with some dark and deep colour.
too much contrast,bright colour is affecting the eye unable to work constantly for longer time.

DesiSpark said,
that they should come up with some dark and deep colour.

Indeed. Visual Studio 2012 comes with dark and light theme, hopefully someone at Office team also working on it

It's everything I was hoping from a Metro app, without the enforced full screen bullstink MS are trying to force on us.

That works wonderfully on tablets and phones, NOT desktops.

Thief000 said,
I like it. Some programs have definite worthwile improvements. I just don't get why the tabs are all CAPS.

I don't like the all CAPS either, they make the tab text hard to read. I also find (for some reason) that the tab text in CAPS seems more squeezed together than the text in the rest of the programs (looks at REFERENCES and MAILINGS in Word).

Thief000 said,
Yeah, I know and I don't like it there either (though a little less because there aren't any clearly discernable tabs). It just shouts out somehow...

Haven't seen one for Office (yet), but here's one to stop Visual Studio's yelling.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\General\SuppressUppercaseConversion
REG_DWORD value: 1

Caps aside I rather like 2013, some really nice new (or streamlined) features.

Jan said,
Yes, however it is too white, a dark theme would be preferable.

Yes I agree! Especially in Word, the white page on white background is too similar... I prefer the darker backgrounds in the earlier versions which demarcate the page more clearly.

And the white tabs are a bit too bright in my opinion...

Jan said,
Yes, however it is too white, a dark theme would be preferable.

You mean so you could switch between the two? Why not simply design one default interface that works well?

sabrex said,
Nope. In my opinion 2010 is much better than 2013. Same with windows 7 compared to 8.

Well, I totally agree with you, 2010 is way > 2013.

But! Windows 8 on dual screen setup is way superior to 7, anyway 7 looks better at the moment.

sabrex said,
Nope. In my opinion 2010 is much better than 2013. Same with windows 7 compared to 8.

Very well said. I think millions of people think the same way. Regrettably, Microsoft didn't give us choices, as it has done in the past. Arrogance will always "get" you in the end.

TsarNikky said,
Regrettably, Microsoft didn't give us choices, as it has done in the past.

It's exactly the same in other industries, like car manufacturing. They regularly make changes and some people will dislike them. If enough people feel the same and stop buying the newer model then the company will react or risk going out of business.

I'm not saying Microsoft couldn't have done things differently but at the end of the day it is up to consumers to decide whether or not to purchase such a product.

TsarNikky said,

Very well said. I think millions of people think the same way. Regrettably, Microsoft didn't give us choices, as it has done in the past. Arrogance will always "get" you in the end.

I don't feel it's arrogance at all, I think MS is trying to create a new brand identity for itself and it will take a few releases to complete. This is the perfect time for MS to do this because most enterprise customers will be skipping Windows 8 and be on track to upgrade to Windows 9. I believe Windows 9 will be far more polished and become a more coherent desktop. I also believe this is exactly what MS needs to do. If you remember, fair or not Microsoft took a big hit with Vista and it's appearance of being a copy of OSX. So the choice will be what "brand" you want. More choice within the brand usually just makes a mess and confusion. i.e Windows Starter Core Business 2012 Consumer. Obviously, thats not a product but you get my point.

I watched the live stream and really like the look of it, however i am a heavy Outlook user and i am worried about my Addon's working with it, so i will wait until its released

Shikaka said,
I watched the live stream and really like the look of it, however i am a heavy Outlook user and i am worried about my Addon's working with it, so i will wait until its released

You can still use Outlook 2010. All my 2010 programs are still there, it just opens into 2013 preview by default if I open a file associated with word/excel ect. I recommend checking it out, its pretty nice.