A preview version of Office 2013 came out a few days ago. Being the intrepid beta / preview / alpha / use at your own risk software aficionado, I obviously had to put it on my main (and only) home laptop which is also currently the home for the Windows 8 Release Preview. The Office 2013 Preview come with the following applications.
I decided that while I start using Office 2013 Preview, I will simultaneously start putting down features that I really like and those that I don’t. This is a first impression post and I will put down more detailed posts if I think it’s worth it.
What I like About Office 2013 Preview
- I love the fact that you can now connect Word to WordPress. A definite win for me. At home, I don’t use Office at all. The fact that I can blog through Word is why I will be using Word.
- It’s a really small thing, but I really like the fact that cursor moves like its gliding instead of jumping from character to character. Very classy and aesthetically pleasing.
- I think I like the flatness of the interface.
- I like the fact that I can save documents directly to SkyDrive. This is especially useful since I will be mostly writing blog posts and may need to continue posts wherever I am.
- I like the fact that PowerPoint slides are widescreen.
- I like some of the new PowerPoint designs. Again following with the new look. Very classy.
- I really like most of the new slide transitions
- Office presentation service sounds interesting. It says that you can share your presentation and people can see it in the browser.
- I really like the new reading view that shows you screen-full of content of your document that you can keep panning through.
What I don’t like About Office 2013 Preview
- I don’t like the fact that the tab titles are in uppercase.
- Still not a fan of the animations.
- I am not happy that there are not going to be Metro versions of all the Office applications.
- Can’t seem to find the “touch mode” for the life of me.
As you can see, there isn’t much I dislike about Office 2013. If they price it like they are planning to price Windows 8, then I will be completely sold. I have been using this for the last few hours and it has been very rock solid and I am confident of using it instead of my Office 2010 installation.