5 hot features of Microsoft Office 2013
Microsoft touts touch-sensitive ways to do things faster via new Office software
By Tim Greene | Network World US | Published: 16:41, 30 July 12
After much anticipation, Microsoft has announced Office 2013, couching the new version of its business productivity suite as new Office, marrying it in its marketing literature to cloud services and the new Windows 8 operating system with its touch-centric user interface. Customers will be able to store all their Office work in Microsoft data centers and access it from any device anywhere that is Internet connected. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer calls the experience magical. But just looking at new Office features themselves reveals some faster ways of doing usual Office tasks and doing some things Office couldn't do before. Here are a few examples.
What's new in PowerPoint
In Microsoft PowerPoint 2013, users have the capability to insert photos and video to augment the text of their presentations quickly and by directly searching the Web. By selecting the insert online pictures option from the ribbon, they are presented with the ability to access photos from a library of clip art provided by Microsoft, from the Internet at large or from images on the user’s cloud-based storage in Microsoft’s SkyDrive. Once selected, the picture appears in the slide being worked on, where it can be sized and moved using either mouse and keyboard or a touchscreen.