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.
Making working with Excel much faster
Now in Excel a tool generates charts and graphs from data already entered in spreadsheets. By using the quick analysis tool, users can touch or click on any one of a selection of different chart styles and have the application immediately produce it. One idea behind the feature is to make it faster to extract the data into formats useful for reports and presentations that are being prepared in other applications such as Word or PowerPoint.