Word 2013 features detailed by Microsoft

It's the most popular commercial word processor for PC owners. Of course, we are talking about Microsoft Word. Today, Microsoft talked more about the new and improved features that will be a part of the upcoming Word 2013 version, which is included in the Office 2013 suite of software. Microsoft released a preview version of Office 2013 earlier in July.

In a post on the official Word blog, Microsoft states that they had several "pillars" they wanted to concentrate on when developing Word 2013. One was to create what it called "polished core user experiences". That meant adding improvements in how Word 2013 handles a variety of features.

That includes improving layouts of Word documents. Microsoft gives an example of one of these new layout options, saying " ... whenever you click on a picture/chart/SmartArt, a button will appear to its top right that lets you easily wrap text right there in context." More improvements have been made for tables, footers, headers and more.

Another pillar for the Word team was making sure Word 2013 works best on Windows 8, including its Metro-style touch interface. Yet another pillar was adding SkyDrive support for Word 2013.

Anyone who uses previous versions of Word are familiar with how confused documents can get when they are edited by others. For Word 2013, Microsoft said they wanted to put in new ways to track changes made by others in a Word document that was easier to read. This is done with a new feature called Simple Markup. Microsoft states, "Simple markup hides the revisions behind a single red change bar, and lets you show/hide the details by clicking on it."

Finally, the blog talks about how Word 2013 has been turned into a better reading experience, which Microsoft has discussed in an earlier blog post. One new addition allows Word documents to add web video. The blog states, "Word 2013 lets you include video from web video sources like YouTube directly in your documents, and allows you to play them back right within the context of the document itself."

Source: Official Word blog | Images via Microsoft

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The new wrap in text functionality is really a deal breaker for me. Where I normally simply did a paste, hit enter to continue writing, it now somehow writes at random places.

Then it writes above the image, then below... And sometimes the image even appears at the bottom of a new page, with me writing at the top.

They are probably bugs, but with this happening in CP stage, I have no confidence it gets changed before release.

I'll probably have to learn to work around these new 'functions' but for me right now it works annoying.

And why am I forced to save every document on my skydrive? In stead of hitting save and having the ability to save it on my pc. I have to hit save, click pc, have to click another button to finally get there. How is this making my work any faster, it's slows down by 3 steps!

And sure, used forlders are displayed on that save page, but it's broken. Why show a inbuild 'file management' system inside, to popup the second you click it?

I really hope they make that expierence alot better in a later release.

This is exactly what's happening with mine too.

Peter van Dam said,
The new wrap in text functionality is really a deal breaker for me. Where I normally simply did a paste, hit enter to continue writing, it now somehow writes at random places.

Then it writes above the image, then below... And sometimes the image even appears at the bottom of a new page, with me writing at the top.

They are probably bugs, but with this happening in CP stage, I have no confidence it gets changed before release.

I'll probably have to learn to work around these new 'functions' but for me right now it works annoying.

And why am I forced to save every document on my skydrive? In stead of hitting save and having the ability to save it on my pc. I have to hit save, click pc, have to click another button to finally get there. How is this making my work any faster, it's slows down by 3 steps!

And sure, used forlders are displayed on that save page, but it's broken. Why show a inbuild 'file management' system inside, to popup the second you click it?

I really hope they make that expierence alot better in a later release.

Peter van Dam said,
And why am I forced to save every document on my skydrive? In stead of hitting save and having the ability to save it on my pc. I have to hit save, click pc, have to click another button to finally get there. How is this making my work any faster, it's slows down by 3 steps!
Go to File>Options>Save and check "Don't show the Backstage when opening or saving files" and "Save to Computer by default". All saving and loading will now take you directly to window pointing to the local system, as in previous versions.

Edited by Arkose, Jul 31 2012, 12:30pm :

Peter van Dam said,
The new wrap in text functionality is really a deal breaker for me. Where I normally simply did a paste, hit enter to continue writing, it now somehow writes at random places.

Then it writes above the image, then below... And sometimes the image even appears at the bottom of a new page, with me writing at the top.

They are probably bugs, but with this happening in CP stage, I have no confidence it gets changed before release.

I'll probably have to learn to work around these new 'functions' but for me right now it works annoying.

And why am I forced to save every document on my skydrive? In stead of hitting save and having the ability to save it on my pc. I have to hit save, click pc, have to click another button to finally get there. How is this making my work any faster, it's slows down by 3 steps!

And sure, used forlders are displayed on that save page, but it's broken. Why show a inbuild 'file management' system inside, to popup the second you click it?

I really hope they make that expierence alot better in a later release.

Saving to SkyDrive gives you a local copy on your PC by the way, even if you are offline. What happens then is that as soon as you have Internet, all changes are synced back to SkyDrive. So I think saving to SkyDrive as a default is actually a good idea.

dagamer34 said,

Saving to SkyDrive gives you a local copy on your PC by the way, even if you are offline. What happens then is that as soon as you have Internet, all changes are synced back to SkyDrive. So I think saving to SkyDrive as a default is actually a good idea.

Well, I like the option, but I don't trust ANY service to have full control over my important documents. It's not that I don't like cloud services, I love them. But with work I don't want to have the risk that 'skydrive' deletes all my files because of a synq error, bug, terms of service breach or hacker. Just the thought that something not human can decide to remove my files gives me the creeps.


However, with that being said... How will my parents understand skydrive? I'm sure they will remove a document when they notice their file is on someone elses computer. And some files will be on a pc, some unwritable in an email, some on the web. Some with login, some without... How is this all going to make a simple text editing program easier for the world?

With Windows they decided to go metro, remove all clutter and stuff that MIGHT make it diffecult to understand how the computer works. (Just looking at metro, and metro only). And with office they add more layers and layers....

The only reason I still use this new version is because it looks much nicer. I love how they implemented metro into it, and I really hope that Windows Explorer will look like this. But other then that, it's more annoyance they added and NONE bugs fixed....

Peter van Dam said,

Well, I like the option, but I don't trust ANY service to have full control over my important documents. It's not that I don't like cloud services, I love them. But with work I don't want to have the risk that 'skydrive' deletes all my files because of a synq error, bug, terms of service breach or hacker. Just the thought that something not human can decide to remove my files gives me the creeps.


However, with that being said... How will my parents understand skydrive? I'm sure they will remove a document when they notice their file is on someone elses computer. And some files will be on a pc, some unwritable in an email, some on the web. Some with login, some without... How is this all going to make a simple text editing program easier for the world?

With Windows they decided to go metro, remove all clutter and stuff that MIGHT make it diffecult to understand how the computer works. (Just looking at metro, and metro only). And with office they add more layers and layers....

The only reason I still use this new version is because it looks much nicer. I love how they implemented metro into it, and I really hope that Windows Explorer will look like this. But other then that, it's more annoyance they added and NONE bugs fixed....


Report all the bugs you find, use the little faces

sat2012 said,
Are they using JavaScript with this new office?

Any online or web embedded Office document going back to like 1999 can be accessed, controlled, manipulated by Javascript.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-u...office/ff837594(v=office.15)

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-u...office/fp160953(v=office.15)

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-u...office/fp142185(v=office.15)

2013 adds in new 'Apps' features, which not only allow access to web content in documents, but documents themselves can be wrapped into Apps as well.

Not sure if this is the information you want, but this link is the start point for all the good programming features for Office developers and Web developers using Office content.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-u.../jj162978(v=office.15).aspx