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 2012
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.
Introducing... Excel Flash Fill
When downloading data to a spreadsheet, often it arrives with multiple pieces of information per cell that needs to be sorted out. With a new feature called Flash Fill, Excel figures out what information users are trying to pull into a separate column and automatically fills up a new column with that data. So if the task is to create a column of first names from a column of email addresses with the format firstname.lastname@example.org, users would type in the first name of the top address in a new column, then the second name and then Excel would fill out the rest of the new column with the rest of the first names, saving the bulk of the manual transcription.