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People-OnTheGo will be presenting a complimentary webinar, Getting Started with Office 2013 and 365, on Thursday, April 4 at noon Pacific time. Register now for the free session!
With the release of the new Windows 8 operating system and the
nonstop commercials for the Microsoft Surface tablet, Microsoft is
making an aggressive bid to remain relevant in the increasingly
complicated landscape of personal computing. Part of this push is the
release of Office 2013, the latest version of the familiar Microsoft
Office Suite. Each of the applications included have been through a
major design overhaul, and all include a variety of new features that
make them especially compatible with touch-friendly Windows 8.
even with all of these changes, is it really worth it to upgrade to
Office 2013? Below we'll take a look at the key features that make an
upgrade a compelling idea.
With Office 2013, Microsoft has made it possible to store and sync
all of your documents across all of your Windows devices, so they can be
accessed from anywhere. All you need to do is save documents to your
SkyDrive, and you can open and edit these from any of your Microsoft
devices. Never again will you have to email yourself a document or risk
having your work stuck on a faraway computer. Office 2013 is designed to
cater more toward our connected world.
Throughout the suite of Microsoft Office 2013 products, there are a
variety of new rich media options to make your documents, presentations,
and other files more interactive and engaging. For example in
PowerPoint, you can find and add photos from albums on Flickr, Facebook,
and other online services without saving to your computer.
Have you ever had to type out an entire PDF document because you
needed to be able to edit it in Microsoft Word? In Office 2013, you'll
never have to suffer through this again. Word now does a great job of
converting PDF files to Word format.
As is the case with most software nowadays, installing the software is as easy as a download. All versions of the new Microsoft Office are available via download
instead of with clunky software installation disks. Versions include
Office Home and Student ($139.99), Office Home and Business ($219.99),
and Office Professional ($399.99). Eligible nonprofits, foundations, and public libraries, may be able to request donated Office 2013 Standard and Professional Plus through TechSoup's Microsoft Donation Program.
In addition, Microsoft has offered Office 365 as a productivity and
word processing option. Office 365 provides all of the Office Suite as
apps and is purchased as a subscription of $99.99 a year. This option
includes all of the Office apps and comes with 60 minutes of Skype calls
What do you think about the upgrade? Share your thoughts below!
If you'd like more information on the features of
Microsoft Office 2013 and 365 before you take the plunge, join People-OnTheGo's free Lunch & Learn Webinar on April 4 from noon to 12:40 Pacific time. Reserve your webinar seat now!